Re: Another happy traveller
"General area" is overly broad. The nearest aircraft was 33km away and the flight had deviated 6.7km off of the approved flight path.
The adjacent Russian airspace was closed below 16km (Buk limit) before the crash and the Ukrainian airspace below 9.8km - their preference likely to keep it open so they continued to receive overflight fees. The airline's preference is likely to be the most direct and fuel conserving route.
In the month preceding the crash several aircraft were downed in the "general area" and both Russian new agencies and the "Donetsk People's Republic" claimed the insurgents were in possession of a Buk system.
Given all of this - still not the airline's fault? Complacency at best, negligence at worst.