According to early reports, a Malaysian Airlines passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in eastern Ukraine early Thursday morning, causing a crash that killed all 295 on board.
BREAKING: Reports say a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane is burning on the ground in east Ukraine http://t.co/62hbPZaZ1P
— AustraliaNetworkNews (@an_news) July 17, 2014
An adviser to the Ukrainian minister of the interior reported the cause, according to a report by The Independent.
UPDATED: Ukraine adviser says on Facebook the Malaysian flight was hit by missile fired from Buk launcher, AP says: http://t.co/xII6jvegHd
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 17, 2014
The flight, MH17, was reportedly a Boeing 777 that was scheduled to fly over Russia during the trip; however, it crashed just short – about 20 miles – of reaching that nation.
Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.
— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) July 17, 2014
According to early reports, the area in which the flight crashed has been defined by significant violence between Russian and Ukrainian forces as the countries’ leaders battle for control.
A Malaysian Airlines spokesperson is set to issue a more detailed statement on the crash later today. The crash comes months after another Malaysian Airlines flight disappeared, resulting in an ongoing search for its now-missing fuselage.
Anyone else starting to think something fishy is going on with Malaysian Airlines?
— Trenni Kusnierek (@trenni) July 17, 2014
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