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Official: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine ETA carrying 295 passengers

Posted by on Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM
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Official: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

Posted: 07/17/14, 11:38 AM EDT | Updated: 29 secs ago



KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian official said a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.




Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (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 Thursday.



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."


Malaysia Airlines Passenger Jet Crashes in Ukraine, Reports Say

A Malaysia Airlines jet with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, according to the Interfax news agency, and an adviser to the Ukrainian government said that it had been shot down.

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The reports could not immediately be confirmed by NBC News, but Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter account that it had lost contact with an aircraft, Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. A Reuters correspondent in eastern Ukraine reported seeing the burning wreckage of a plane and bodies on the ground.


More than four months ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, disappeared in the greatest mystery in modern aviation. Multi-nation searches of swaths of land and ocean have turned up no sign of that aircraft.

A adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry said that Flight 17, a Boeing 777, had been shot down over a town in the east of the country, The Associated Press reported. Pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian security forces in that region for months.

The adviser, Anton Gerashenko, said on his Facebook page that the plane was flying at 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a launcher known as a Buk. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Twitter: “I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.”

The Malaysian defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said that there was no confirmation that the plane had been shot down. He said on Twitter that the Malaysian military had been instructed to “get on it.”

President Barack Obama was briefed and directed his team to be in close touch with senior Ukrainian officials, press secretary Josh Earnest said. Officials at the Pentagon scrambled to learn more and assess who might have had the capability to shoot down an airliner.

Eastern Ukraine is among the most volatile regions in the world.

In February, protesters toppled the pro-Russian government in Kiev, and Russia answered by invading and later annexing the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. Since then, pro-Russian separatists have fought Ukrainian security forces in the east.

Evan Kohlmann, an NBC News terrorism analyst, said that shooting down a 777 at 33,000 feet would require “access to serious military equipment.”

“The chances this was done by a conventional terrorist group like al Qaeda or something like that is almost nonexistent,” he said.

A Ukrainian military cargo plane was shot down earlier this week, but it was not clear who shot it down.

The FlightStats website showed the last recorded position of Flight 17 over Ukraine, west of the Russia border, at about 9:20 a.m. ET.


Image: Data from the FlightAware website showed the path of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.Alastair Jamieson (NBC Universal Inc)
Data from the FlightAware website showed the path of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

An unidentified Russian aviation industry source told Reuters that the plane did not enter Russian airspace when expected.

Boeing said it was trying to learn more and that its thoughts and prayers were with everyone on board, their families and loved ones.

The Boeing 777 had one of the best safety records in the industry. In July 2013, a 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crash-landed in San Francisco. Flight 370, which was also a 777, disappeared March 8.




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by KK on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

that is disgusting.  

by René on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I just saw this, its awful.

by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Those Malaysia planes sure are being targeted.
by Ruby Member on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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Wasn't it just yesterday that Barack Hussein Obama put Russia on notice.

More blood directly on his hands.

by on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM
So who exactly fired it? And why???
by Member on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Hln is going to talk about it up next
by Emerald Member on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

 it was first reported as having shot down...


by Emerald Member on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM


Russian jets shoot down Ukrainian warplane over Ukraine: Kiev military


By By Richard Balmforth 2 hours ago  

By Richard Balmforth

KIEV (Reuters) - Russian jets shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane that was on military operations over the east of Ukraine, where government forces are fighting to quell a pro-Russian separatist rebellion, the Ukrainian military said on Thursday.

It was the first time Ukraine had directly accused Russia of using air power in the war. In a previous attack on a military transporter, which it said was launched from Russia, Kiev was unable to specify whether it came from landbased missiles or airborne.

Russia's defence ministry declined to comment on Thursday's accusation by Kiev.

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry said the plane was brought down on Wednesday night near Amvrosiyivka, about 15 km (about 9 milles) from the border with Russia, by rockets which hit it in the tail as it wheeled away from the border.

"It is likely that this was carried out by air-to-air rockets from the Russian airforce which were patrolling the border in a pair," the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The pilot safely ejected, Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the National Defence and Security Council, told journalists.

The downing of the SU-25 came against a background of increasingly strident charges of direct Russian involvement in the three and a half month conflict in which the pro-Western government in Kiev is fighting to put down a rebellion by separatists who want a future in Russia.

Moscow denies orchestrating the rebellion. But Western governments accuse it of failing to do enough to help curb the violence. U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Wednesday on some of Russia's biggest companies, limiting their access to funding.


"The situation on the border in the zone of the 'anti-terrorist operation' is still very tough. Grad missile systems, heavy artillery and mortar is continually being used. The firing on the border posts and (government) forces is often coming from the territory of the Russian Federation," Lysenko said.

Five Ukrainian servicemen had been killed in the past 24 hours, he said. This would bring to more than 270 the number killed since the government launched an "anti-terrorist" operation in April to crush the rebels.

Hundreds of civilians and rebels have also been killed.

Ukrainian positions had come under fire from artillery from the Russian border settlement of Kuybyshevo, Lysenko said, adding that more and more Russian units were coming up to the border with Ukraine.

A Ukrainian paratroop tactical group deployed at Dmytrivka in particular had come under heavy fire from the Russian side, he said.

In the past 24 hours, the separatists had carried out 27 attacks on army checkpoints and positions of government forces, Lysenko said.

Attack planes are one of the Ukrainian military's most effective weapons for inflicting heavy losses on concentrations of rebels and military equipment which Kiev says is being brought in from Russia to fortify rebel positions.

The shooting down of the SU-25 was the third reported incident this week in which a Ukrainian plane has been hit by a missile.

Kiev has said that an An-26 military transporter was brought down last Monday probably by a missile fired from Russia, either from the air or from the ground. Two out of the eight people on board that plane were killed, the Ukrainian military said.

On Wednesday, another SU-25 was hit by a rebel missile but the pilot landed the plane successfully with relatively slight damage. Kiev did not allege Russian involvement in that case.

The rebellions erupted in Ukraine's Russian-speaking eastern regions after months of pro-Europe protests drove out a Moscow-backed president. Russia subsequently annexed Ukraine's Crimea, sparking the biggest Russia-West crisis since the end of the Cold War.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko refused to renew a 10-day unilateral ceasefire by government forces on June 30, saying it had been repeatedly breached by the separatists and had cost Ukrainian lives. Efforts to forge another more effective truce have failed.

by AllieCat on Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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The world has gone mad.

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