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Watch: airplanes are staying clear of Ukrainian airspace right now

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has made airlines justifiably worried about the safety of Ukrainian airspace. Several airlines have announced that they're planning to avoid flying over Ukraine. This animation from earlier this afternoon shows the results:

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Of course, there were already warnings for international flights to avoid certain parts of Ukraine, so the skies would have been sparse even before today's crash.

Our own video editor Joe Posner made this animation by capturing images from flightradar24.com. Click here to see realtime data on airplane locations.