BREAKING: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashes over Ukraine

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A Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed over eastern Ukraine with 295 people on board. Plane was probably shot by a bigger, radar-guided missile.

There were 285 people and 15 crew members on board the Boeing-777 aircraft. The plane was being guided by Ukrainian air traffic controllers before it disappeared off the radars, a Russian aviation representative told Rossiya-24 news channel.

There were at least 71 Dutch citizens aboard the crashed plane, Germany's RTL channel has reported. Previous unconfirmed reports suggested that there were also 23 passengers with US identification and 9 Brits on the flight. French authorities have confirmed that four of their citizens died in the crash.

In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said Ukraine's air traffic control lost contact with flight MH17 at 2.15pm GMT, approximately 30 miles from the Russia-Ukraine border.

"Media Statement : MH17 Incident

Released at 12:30am/18 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.

Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777 departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.10 am (Malaysia local time) the next day.

The flight was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew onboard.

More details to follow."

 

 

Civilian airspace over Ukraine has been closed until further notice, continental air traffic regulator Eurocontrol has announced.

Emirates airline flight en route to Kiev returns to Dubai following MH17 crash. Airlines suspends all other flights to Ukraine. UK calling for emergency meeting of UN Security Council to discuss loss of Flight MH17. 

Garuda Indonesia ‏reported on Twitter that they are not taking the same flight path as MH17:

"we fly to south over Turkey."

 

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