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7/17/2014 (2 years ago)

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Plane reportedly felled with surface-to-air missile near border with Russia

There's shocking news near the Ukrainian-Russian border today. A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard - 280 passengers, and 15 crew, has been shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border. Everyone on board was killed.

There are multiple reports that the plane was shot down at cruising altitude. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister told The Associated press that the plane, confirmed that the plane was shot down.

There are multiple reports that the plane was shot down at cruising altitude. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister told The Associated press that the plane, confirmed that the plane was shot down.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/17/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Malaysia Airplane, Ukraine, shot down, rebels


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The plane, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, was a Boeing 777, the same type of plane that mysteriously vanished earlier this year.

"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.

In the midst of a great international tragedy -- let's unite in prayer --

There are multiple reports that the plane was shot down at cruising altitude. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister told The Associated press that the plane, confirmed that the plane was shot down.

Gerashenko said that the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren said he was aware of reports of the downed passenger jet in Ukraine, but did not have further information.

The region where the plane was shot down has seen severe fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels in recent days.

A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane the day before, Ukrainian authorities said. This is seen as mounting evidence that Moscow is directly supporting the separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Security Council spokesman Andrei Lysenko said the pilot of the Sukhoi-25 jet hit by the air-to-air missile was forced to bail after his jet was shot down.

Pro-Russia rebels have claimed responsibility for strikes earlier this week on two Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 jets. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said the second jet was hit by a portable surface-to-air missile, but added the pilot was unscathed and managed to land his plane safely.

Moscow has denied Western charges that is supporting the separatists or sowing unrest in its neighbor. The Russian Defense Ministry couldn't be reached for comment about the Ukrainian jet and Russia's foreign ministry didn't respond to multiple requests for comment.

Ukraine said a military transport plane was shot down at the beginning of this week by a missile fired from Russian territory.

In either case, it's yet another tragedy for the Malaysian air industry. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, on March 8 of this year, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on a route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared somewhere over the ocean. It has not yet been found.

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