Audio of interview: Aviation expert says MH17 far from zone

THE latest Malaysian Airlines plane to come to grief should not have been flying in a well known problem area.

That's according to CQUniversity accident investigation and safety specialist Professor Geoff Dell who says the aircraft should not have been flying in that track.

"It's a well known problem area and most other airlines altered flight plans to avoid the route," Professor Dell says.

Meantime, Discipline Lead for Aviation Ron Bishop says it's amazing the aircraft was shot down while travelling at such an altitude.

Listen to an interview with Ron Bishop below

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman believes nine Queenslanders were among the 298 souls on board Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Mr Newman told reporters he is "shocked and appalled" by the tragedy.

"I, like all Queenslanders, have been listening to the radio and watching the TV and the vision and the very disturbing transcripts of conversations of people who may very well have been involved in the shooting down of this aircraft, if that's what's occurred, it's chilling and it's hard not to be incredibly emotional," he said.

The Premier said the state government do whatever it could to help the families of victims.


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