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Malaysia Airlines plane with 295 on board crashes over Ukraine near Russian border

Smoke rises up at a crash site of a passenger plane, near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Smoke rises up at a crash site of a passenger plane, near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)   | Photo Credit: Dmitry Lovetsky

A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down on Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace. | > Malaysian Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed shock over the reported crash of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine and said that he is launching immediate probe into reported jetliner crash.





Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter feed that it “has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.”





Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says his country’s armed forces did not shoot at any airborne targets, after reports that a Malaysian Airlines plane went down over Ukraine. | > Ukraine: We did not shoot at any plane

Separatist leader Andrei Purgin told The Associated Press that he was certain that Ukrainian troops had shot the plane down but gave no explanation or proof for his statement.

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) when it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier on Thursday.





The above Facebook post by Mr. Gerashenko translates as:

"Just over the Torezom terrorists of the kindly passed Putin anti-aircraft missile complex "Buk" was shot down civilian aircraft Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam.

This morning, the local Patriots was fixed the move by the State's Snow.

He was flying at an altitude of 10 thousand meters Claimed 280 passengers and 15 crew members.

Cynicism of Putin and his terrorists, there is no limit!

Europe, the United States, Canada, the civilized world-open your eyes! Help us all than we can!

It is a war of good versus evil!

Here's a > video of the crash site! Some scoundrels shouted that "beauty! Beautifully lit! "!

The Inhumans!"

The Donetsk region government said a plane crashed near a village called Grabovo, which it said is currently under the control of armed pro-Russian separatists. The region where the flight was lost has seen severe fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels in recent days.

The Malaysia Airlines plane is a Boeing 777-200ER, which was delivered to Malaysia Airlines on July 30, 1997, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets, which sells and tracks information about aircraft. It has more than 43,000 hours of flight time and 6,950 takeoffs and landings.

Malaysia Airlines put out a statement on Facebook regarding the crash:





The organisation the manages air traffic in Europe has advised pilots around the world to avoid the area near the Ukrainian-Russian border where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed, Britain’s Department of Transport says.

Brussels-based Eurocontrol says air traffic controllers have rerouted flights already in the air, the ministry said.

GRABOVO, Ukraine (AP) - As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Grabovo in eastern Ukraine, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the crash site 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Russian border. | > 22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash site













London (DPA) - Flights diverted to avoid Ukraine area where Malaysian jet went down

The organisation that manages air traffic in Europe has advised pilots around the world to avoid the area near the Ukrainian-Russian border where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed, Britain’s Department of Transport says.

Brussels-based Eurocontrol says air traffic controllers have rerouted flights already in the air, the ministry said.

Our Washington correspondent adds:

"Obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. It looks it may be a terrible tragedy," said U.S. President Barack Obama, on the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday. "Right now we’re working to determine whether there were any Americans on board. That is our first priority. I have directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian government. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened, and why. As a country our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the passengers, wherever they call home." | > MH17 'terrible tragedy': Obama









Brussels (DPA) - EU foreign policy chief calls for crash probe, end to Ukraine unrest

European Union Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton calls for an international investigation into the crash of the Malaysian jetliner in eastern Ukraine and for parties to “share all relevant information”.

“We are shocked by reports of the circumstances surrounding the tragic loss of a Malaysian Airlines flight on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Ukrainian territory and the loss of so many lives,” said a statement released from her office.

“The circumstances must be clarified without delay and the international investigation must shed full light on this tragedy,” it continued.

“Without prejudging the facts behind the crash, we call on all parties to stop the senseless loss of life in eastern Ukraine, to refrain from any escalatory acts, and to agree to an immediate cease fire.”

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia’s prime minister said on Friday, adding that its flight route also had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. | > Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call

Kuala Lumpur (DPA) - Malaysian leader demands full access for investigators to crash site

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is calling for full access to the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine for an international investigation team.

“The investigation must not be hindered in any way,” he says. “An international team must have full access to the crash site, and no one should interfere with the area or move any debris including the black box.” Mr. Najib said.

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko told him that his government “will negotiate with rebels in the east of the country in order to establish a humanitarian corridor to the crash site”.

WASHINGTON (AP) - US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile

A U.S. official says that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

The official says the U.S. is still working to determine additional details about the crash, including who fired the missile and whether it came from the Russian or Ukraine side of the border. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. has sophisticated technologies that can detect missile launches, including the identification of heat from the rocket engine.

MOSCOW (AP) - Putin's statement on Ukraine plane crash

Dear colleagues!

You know that a terrible event occurred today in the sky over Ukraine, an awful tragedy -- a civilian plane was killed, 285 people, according to preliminary information, were killed.

On behalf of the Russian leadership and the Russian government, we express condolences to the bereaved families, the governments of those countries whose nationals were on that plane. I ask you to honor their memory.

(A moment of silence)

In this regard, I want to note that this tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land, if the military actions had not been renewed in southeast Ukraine. And, certainly, the state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.

I have already given instructions to the military departments to provide all necessary assistance in the investigation of this crime. And I also ask the government of the Russian Federation through the available civilian agencies that have the capability to do everything for a thorough investigation of this event. We will do everything -- everything that depends on us, anyway -- in order that the objective picture of what happened is part of the public domain here, in Ukraine and in the rest of the world. This is an absolutely unacceptable thing, and no one has the right to let this pass without the appropriate conclusions and without all of us having objective information about the incident.

But we have gathered with you for another reason. I would like to talk to you about the socio-economic situation in the country. We also have many other issues of the current character. Let's talk about them.

Passengers:

At least 154 Dutch citizens have been killed in the Malaysian passenger crash in the eastern part of Ukraine on Thursday, the airlines’ European head said.

The victims include 154 Dutch passengers, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, 6 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Philippines, one Canadian and 47 of yet unknown identities, Xinhua reported. | > 154 Dutch citizens killed in Malaysian air crash

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