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Malaysian Plane 'Shot Down' With 295 On Board

Mountainman

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A flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur reportedly shot down in Ukraine is thought to have been flying in or near an unsafe zone.


Malaysian Plane 'Shot Down' With 295 On Board
A flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur reportedly shot down in Ukraine is thought to have been flying in or near an unsafe zone.

A plane which crashed in eastern Ukraine with 295 people on board was reportedly shot down as it flew through or close to airspace deemed unsuitable for passenger jets.

The Malaysia Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 33,000 feet (10,000 metres) when it was shot down, Russia's Interfax reported.

An adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry told the news agency the Boeing 777 was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile, killing all 280 passengers and 15 crew members.

A spokesman for Malaysia Airlines, still reeling from the loss of flight MH370 in March, confirmed it had lost contact with flight MH17, which took off from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport at 12.15pm local time.

The flight disappeared from radar as it flew over Ukrainian airspace, the spokesman said.

Videos apparently filmed near the village of Grabovo, Donetsk, where the plane came down, showed plumes of thick, black smoke rising high into the air.

The plane, which one eyewitness said split in two on impact, is almost unrecognisable in pictures of the crash site, with burning wreckage scattered across a vast area.

Sky News correspondent Mark White, citing aviation sources, said the aircraft appeared to have been flying through a block of airspace deemed "unsuitable for civilian aircraft".

"It doesn't mean aircraft are banned from flying into that airspace but pilots are certainly advised not to," he said.

"It raises questions about why the plane was in an area it had been advised not to fly through.

"Did it stray into that area by accident or did the pilot decide it was a risk worth taking, perhaps as a fuel saving measure?"

Alexander Borodai, the eastern Ukraine separatist leader, said the aircraft was shot down by Ukrainian government forces - a claim backed by a separatist from Krasnyi Luch, who told Reuters the rebels did not have weapons capable of shooting down a plane at such height.

However, officials in Kiev denied any involvement, with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ordering an immediate investigation into what he described as a "catastrophe".

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had offered "his sincerest words of sympathy and support", while Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he was "shocked" by the tragedy.

Sky's Katie Stallard, in Moscow, said media reports suggest the plane came down in an area where there has been recent heavy fighting amid continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Data from Flightradar24 indicates the plane had just passed the city of Kremenchuk, around 300km (186 miles) from the Russian border, when it disappeared.

Aviation expert Major Charles Hayman told Sky News: "It's possible the Ukrainians flapped a bit, thought the plane was hostile and shot it down.

"It looks like someone failed to recognise this was a civilian aircraft."

Meanwhile, relatives of the victims of the MH370 tragedy also released a statement, saying: "Who would do such poisonous thing to a civil aeroplane?

"Passengers on board are ordinary people, just like our relatives. Why let them experience the torture? Why let other people feel the same pain as we do?"

Malaysian Plane 'Shot Down' With 295 On Board
 

RocketDodger

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Hmmn, Russian Separatists in Snizhne claim to have captured a BUK system on 29th June. Today they claimed to have brought down a Ukranian Military Antonov. This claim was removed once news that a Malaysian Airlines civilian aircraft had crashed outside the town of Snizhne. Stupid, untrained personnel with equipment that kills. What could go wrong???
 
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