Just four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, another Malaysia Airlines’ MH17 crashed in Russia on July 17, according to Russian news agency, Interfax.
295 people were reportedly killed on board the a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it came crashing between the Ukraine and Russia boarder. Malaysia Airlines confirmed on July 17 that they lost contact with the flight in Eastern Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines Crash Kills 295
“A Boeing Malaysian Airlines that was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur began to descend about 50km before entering Russian airspace, and was subsequently found burning on the ground in Ukraine,” an aviation source told Russian news agency, Interfax.
It reportedly crashed after reportedly being hit by a missile, according to an adviser to Ukraine’s interior ministry, USA Today reports. Anton Gerashenko, the adviser, shared on his Facebook page that the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher, according to AP.
Many reports are circling of why the plane was shot down, and fingers began pointing to Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government, and it is being ruled a “terrorist act.”
The official Malaysia Airlines account tweeted out:
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
Reuters has now tweeted that 280 passengers and the 15 crew on board have all died.
The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko wrote this statement on his website:
Today, approximately at 16:20, Malaysia Airlines plane Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur disappeared from radar. In recent days, it is already the third tragic accident after the downing of planes of the Ukrainian Armed Forces An-26 and Su-25 from the Russian territory. We do not exclude that the given plane was also shot down and emphasize that the Armed Forces of Ukraine didn’t commit any actions to strike the targets in the air.
On behalf of the state, the President of Ukraine expressed the deepest and the most sincere condolences to friends and relatives of the deceased in this dreadful tragedy. All possible search-and-rescue operations are being conducted. The Head of State addressed the Cabinet of Ministers to immediately establish the State commission to investigate the given tragedy. The President offered to involve experts from ICAO and other international structures, as well as representatives of Netherlands and Malaysia in the work of the given Commission.
We are confident that those responsible for the given tragedy will be brought to justice.
There is now a terrifying video of the flight crashing down in the eastern part of Ukraine.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved.
— Emily Longeretta