MAS: MH17’s communications were functioning “normally”

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Malaysia Airlines says the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft that crashed in the eastern Ukraine on 17 July had an unblemished safety record.

The aircraft, bearing registration 9M-MRD, had its last maintenance check on 11 July, says MAS in a statement. The check occurred at the carrier’s hangar in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and the next check was due on 27 August.

All communications were functioning normally, it adds. The jet, which was delivered in 1997, had 75,322 flight hours and 11,434 cycles.

The aircraft crashed while operating flight MH17 on the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur route, killing all 298 aboard. Officials from several countries contend that the aircraft was downed by a surface-to-air missile