Kiev rejects Israeli lawsuits in plane crash

A Kiev appeals court has turned down four Israeli families seeking compensation for a 2001 plane crash.

The families had filed lawsuits seeking $1.1 million each from the Ukrainian government for their relatives killed when a Siberian Airlines jet crashed en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk.

The plane went down in the Black Sea in October 2001, killing all 66 passengers and 12 crewmembers.

A Moscow air safety group determined that the plane was unintentionally shot down by a missile fired by Ukrainian forces during military exercises on the Crimean Peninsula.

But on Aug. 21, Kiev’s appellate court upheld a Ukrainian lower court’s January ruling that disputed the air safety group’s findings.

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