Airspace Sovereignty: The loss of MH17 - An avoidable tragedy?

9 February 2017

British Airways Waterside HQ


The vulnerability of commercial airliners to missile attack has been evident for many years. Most attention has focused on the dangers of man portable missiles (Manpads), especially in the hands of terrorist groups. Yet the most serious incidents involving missile attack have been from longer range systems controlled by recognised armed forces - or at least under their nominal direction. 

Professor Hayward will consider the loss of MH17 alongside two other cases, the Iranian Airbus shot down by a US cruiser and the Korean Airlines B747 destroyed by a Soviet fighter. Prof Hayward will then consider the implications of MH17 for the routing of commercial aircraft over conflict zones and the responsibilities of national and international agencies in advising and directing any diversion of traffic. 

Prof Hayward will end by speculating on possible future areas of danger, specifically China’s claim to sovereignty up to the so-called “Nine-Dash Line” in the South China Sea. 

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Speaker Details

Professor Keith Hayward FRAeS

Prof Keith Hayward FRAeS

Professor Keith Hayward is a consultant and writer on aerospace and aviation issues. He was formally Professor of International Relations at Staffordshire University, Head of Economic and Political Affairs at the UK aerospace trade association and until January2015, Head of Research at the RAeS in London.

Prof Hayward has been a consultant or advisor to several company and government departments, the latter including the UK Ministry of Defence and the Department of Business, Innovation and Science. He has also acted as an advisor to the UK House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment.  

He has taken part in two recent collaborative studies of the space industry on behalf of the Commission of the European Union and the European Space Agency. He is the author of several books and over 100 articles and chapters on aerospace and aviation issues.

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British Airways Waterside HQ

British Airways Waterside HQ

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