Friday, July 18, 2014
Professor Brian F. Havel was interviewed for a post on Malaysia Airlines' anticipated liability for yesterday's crash in the New York Times' Upshot blog. Under the Montreal Convention, Malaysia is still responsible to its passengers for damages up to the Special Drawing Rights cap despite the outside interference. Whether it will be liable for additional damages will likely come down to whether the decision to fly through contested Ukrainian territory could be considered negligent. The F.A.A. had previously prohibited U.S. carriers from flying through that space, but many other airlines were still operating there. It came as a surprise to many to learn that the rebels may have had access to weaponry capable of shooting down a civilian airliner at cruising altitude. A number of airlines, including Malaysia, have announced in the past 24 hours that they will begin routing around that region.