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Malaysian Air Flight Took Route Avoided by Qantas, Asiana

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Airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Singapore Airlines Ltd. that had been using the same route over eastern Ukraine as the downed Malaysian jetliner were ordered to avoid an area previously deemed safe.

Carriers including Qantas Airways Ltd. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. had already diverted away from skies above clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, leaving one-quarter to a third of usual daily flights still operating.