Thursday, July 17, 2014
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 carrying 295 people was reportedly shot down by missiles in Ukraine’s East on Thursday, killing all the passengers and the crews on board the plane, say reports.
It was carrying 280 Passengers and 15 Crew Members. The aircraft, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was flying at an altitude of 10km when it was shot down on Thursday, according to a report by Russian’s Interfax. Besides, it has been learnt that 23 Americans died in the crash.
The news agency further mentioned that the Boeing 777 was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile, referring to a statement by an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry
“Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets,” Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, said.
Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister for the Ukrainian rebels, told The Associated Press the plane must have been shot down by Ukrainian government troops. He gave no proof for his statement, and Ukraine earlier denied shooting at any airborne targets.
“MAS has lost contact with MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukraine airspace” tweeted Malaysian Airlines MAS.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak mentioned in his twitter account “I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.”
Nothing has been confirmed who and what were responsible for the plane crash. Meanwhile, blame-games between Russian and US are expected to continue.