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Malaysian Airlines passenger jet went down in Ukraine

Reports are in of a sad event that a Malaysian Airlines flight, a 777 enroute from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia crashed near a town in the eastern Ukraine, near the border of Russia and Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines plane in UkraineApparently the plane was shot down. Flight MH17 was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) when it fell out of the sky on Thursday, July 17, at 14:15 local time.

The news broke after Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it had lost contact with the plane.

Airplane parts as well as human remains were  found scattered in an area as large as 15 km away from the impact site, near the rural town of Snizhne.

There has been heavy intensity lately in Ukraine from pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists in the area. The separatists recently shot down two Sukhoi-25 fighter jets belonging to the Ukrainian military. And just last week, a military transport plane was shot down by a missile originating from Russian territory.

On board the flight, there were 295 people which includes 280 passengers and 15 crew.

The map below shows the known flight path of the airliner, courtesy of National Post.

Image from National Post

 

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