July 18th, 2014
09:06 AM ET

Examining Flight Routes Over the Ukraine

Weather could have played a role in the flight path of the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine.

Storms in the region may have sent MH17 on a route further to the north.

Thursday's flight path was about 200 miles to the northeast of the most recent path frequented this week.

The route was also further away from the region restricted by the FAA for U.S. air carriers.

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FAA restricted flight area before MH 17 crashed

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Paths taken by MH 17 this week

Watch video above to see the impacts the route change may have had on Thursday's deadly crash.

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