Air India flight missed being shot down by just 90 seconds

Written by Agencies | Updated: Jul 20 2014, 15:15pm hrs
Malaysia AirlinesAccording to some reports, there was an Air India plane flying in the area 15 miles away at the time, a distance covered by a flight in approximately 90 seconds. Reuters
Malaysia Airlines MH17 was struck by a missile that caused the death of 298 people on board and, but for intervention of providence, it may well have been an Air India jet.

According to some reports, there were two other aircraft flying in the area 15 miles away at the time, a distance covered by a flight in approximately 90 seconds. They were Singapore Airlines and an Air India plane.

Several airlines, including Air India, Jet Airways Lufthansa and Air France, say they will now avoid eastern Ukrainian airspace.

Data from airline tracker Flightradar24 shows other commercial flights in the area at the time of the crash including a Singapore Airlines flight and an Air India flight, according to the data.