According to the Russian news agency Interfax, a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 295 passengers was shot down today along the border of the Ukraine and Russia. Anton Gerashenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, says that all aboard have died.
The plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was taken down by a missile fired from a Buk launcher just outside Russian airspace, reported Interfax, a Ukrainian news agency. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukraine town of Snizhne on Thursday. The missile system can hit targets up to an altitude of 72,000 feet.
It “began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory,” a unidentified source told Reuters. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko says that the military did not take action against any aircraft, and has ordered a probe into this “catastrophe.”
“Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,” read a tweet from the airline. “The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow,” read a tweet from Malaysia Airlines’ account.
Video of what is alleged to be the crash site has been posted on YouTube.
We will have more info when it becomes available.