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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

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July 22nd, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Remembering a victim, and a visionary aboard MH17

(CNN) –  Fatima Dyczynski was an innovator, a visionary, and sadly, one of the innocent victims, aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The 25-year-old aerospace engineer was on her way from Amsterdam to begin a new life in Perth, Australia as an intern at IBM.
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July 22nd, 2014
04:51 PM ET

Is it still safe to fly?

(CNN) – In the wake of a passenger plane being shot out of the sky, and news that airlines are suspending operations into and out of Tel Aviv, many travelers are probably asking themselves: Is it safe to fly right now, over any troubled region of the globe?

"The Malaysia Airline incident must have reinforced the importance of being better safe than sorry. No question. I think travelers would appreciate that," said former secretary of homeland security Michael Chertoff, founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group.
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July 21st, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Flight 17: Will Russia pay?

(CNN) – Ask the secretary of state, and the evidence is "enormous." Ask the American people, and 85% think Russia was either directly, or indirectly involved in the taking of the innocent lives aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
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July 18th, 2014
06:55 PM ET

Roundtable: Where do the rebels end, and Russia begin?

(CNN) - What was once a civil war, now spills over into an international crisis with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the loss of 298 lives.

The Ukrainian government has released what it says are intercepted calls from the moments before and after the flight was allegedly shot down.
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July 18th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Rep. King: Putin has blood on his hands

(CNN) – If the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 really was the work of pro-Russian rebels, armed by the Russians, does President Vladimir Putin have blood on his hands?

"Putin is responsible. If you want to use the expression blood on his hands, I would say yes," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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