Malaysia Airlines Flight Shot Down In Ukraine [VIDEO]
A Malaysia Airlines flight has crashed in the Ukraine. Early reports are saying that the plane was shot down.
Reports the Associated Press:
A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down 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.
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. The Buk missile system can fire missiles up to an altitude of 22,000 meters (72,000 feet).
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.”
There has been fighting in the region between Ukrainians and pro-Russia separatists.
This story is developing.
— Chris York (@ChrisDYork) July 17, 2014