Ukraine Plane Crash

Malaysia Airlines MH17 Boeing 777 Had 'Clean Bill of Health'

The Boeing 777 passenger jet that was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, had a “clean” maintenance record, Malaysia Airlines said early Friday. “All communication systems on the aircraft were functioning normally,” the airline said in a statement. “The aircraft had a clean bill of health.”

The B777-200 aircraft, registration 9M-MRD, was manufactured in July 1997 and had 17 years in service. It underwent a maintenance check on July 11 and was due for another check on August 27, according to the airline. It had a seat capacity of 282, and all but two seats were occupied when MH17 – flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur - was shot down from the sky over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.




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