"The tragedy of MH17 is an outrage. Over the weekend it was confirmed that the passengers and crew aboard the aircraft were the victims of a hideous crime. It was also an attack against the air transport system which is an instrument of peace," Mr. Tyler said, Censor.NET reports, citing the IATA statement.
"Among the immediate priorities, the bodies of the victims must be returned to their grieving loved ones in a respectful manner," Tyler said.
"Malaysia Airlines was a clearly identified commercial jet. And it was shot down-in complete violation of international laws, standards and conventions-while broadcasting its identity and presence on an open and busy air corridor at an altitude that was deemed to be safe," the head of AITA said.