Why Were Commercial Jets Still Flying Over Ukraine?

The downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine has raised questions about why the company persisted in flying in conflict-zone airspace.

July 18, 2014
9:00 AM EDT
A plane section is seen amid the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that was downed on July 17, 2014 close to Russia's border with Ukraine. | Soner Kilinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik is pictured with his sand sculpture honoring the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. | ASIT KUMAR/AFP/Getty Images