nigelj:mattwnz: I find it intriguing that this is same airline that previously lost an aircraft in an unexplained way which is now the biggest aviation mystery, and only a few months after that, this has happened. What are the odds of that? The only difference appears that this one crashed on land, so the wreckage has been found. Also apparently there were no alerts from the plane to say it had problems, which was the same as with their lost plane. If it had been shot you would expect something, unless it struck in the nose of the plane. I think something odd is going on. If this has been shot down, I think the odds of the other being shot down can't be ruled out.
If it has been shot down, you do have to wonder why they allow them to fly over airspace where conflicts are occurring. You only need some Nutter to do something stupid.
Look at flightradar24, the two main corridors that the airlines are using now for Asia:
1) Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, UAE, Oman - One word: ISIS
2) (to a much lesser extent especially at this hour - 2 hours ago it seemed busier) Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India - (A tiny bit of history with the Pakistan/India border, and of course... Afghanistan...)
I think if you talked to the operators, it's all a case of risk vs reward (extremely small chance of getting shot down, vs saving mega mega mega bucks in fuel, i.e. they save more in fuel than the increased insurance premiums).
Yeah I would like to know what is going on with the airlines. I suspect it is a case of willful ignorance while looking at each other to make the first move. Not good enough. You mentioned Syria. Syrian rebels (ISIL or not don't know) have documented their possession and use of ex-Syrian high altitude missile systems. That has to be a high risk.
That said like most people I have no knowledge of the exact route.
Would anyone risk their family for $100 less airfare? No.