Malaysian MH17 Shot down


Updated – 21 July 2014 – Australian Time  – Crew list and names being released ..

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. On 17 July 2014, the Boeing 777 crashed near Hrabove in Donetsk OblastUkraine, approximately 40 km (25 mi) from the Ukraine–Russia border.  All 283 passengers and 15 crew members onboard the aircraft are believed to have been killed.

The crash occurred in the conflict zone of the ongoing Donbass insurgency. According to American intelligence officials, the plane was shot down, but the origin of the missile could not be confirmed. However, they speculated that there was some degree of Russian involvement.

Ukrainian Interior Ministry advisor Anton Gerashchenko stated that the aircraft was shot down at an altitude of 10,000 m (33,000 ft) by a Buk surface-to-air missile. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called it an “act of terrorism.” In response, pro-Russian separatist rebels accused the Ukrainian government of shooting down the plane. Ukrainian security services claimed to have intercepted two phone conversations in which pro-Russian separatists discuss having just shot down a civilian plane with alleged GRU officers.


Route of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

The aircraft departed from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Gate G03 at 12:14 CEST (10:14 UTC). It was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 11 hours and 45 minutes later at 06:00, 18 July MYT (22:00, 17 JulyUTC).

Malaysia Airlines released a statement saying “it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 14.15 (UTC) at 30 km (19 mi) from [the] TAMAK waypoint, approximately 50 km (31 mi) from the Russia-Ukraine border.”

The plane crashed near the village of Hrabove just north of Torez, a city in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast, as it was approaching the Russian border.

Flightradar24 reported that a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ER (Flight SQ351) and an Air India Boeing 787-8 (Flight AI113) were each about 25 km (16 mi) away from the Malaysian airliner when it disappeared.

Photographs from the site of the crash show scattered pieces of broken fuselage and engine parts, as well as bodies and passports.[19][20] Some of the wreckage fell close to houses in Hrabove.

Separatists have allegedly blocked rescue workers and police from entering the area, according to Ukraine, and have claimed that they have found the flight recorder of the airliner, which they said they would turn over to Russia.

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