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A Malaysian plane has been shot down in the Ukraine.

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WeAreEternal Thu 17-Jul-14 16:38:22

The flight mh17 from Amsterdam to kuala lumpor with 295 people on board, it was a boing 777.
It was shot down with a buk ground to air missile.
They say there are no survivors.

It's awful.

Tweedledont Thu 17-Jul-14 16:41:40

That's absolutely terrible. Poor people on board.

tribpot Thu 17-Jul-14 16:42:07

The Beeb isn't reporting that it was shot down (it's not reporting that it wasn't but you know what I mean).

A dreadful situation either way, I hope it's not as bad as it appears. When the plane crashed in San Francisco last year early reports suggested many more fatalities than there ultimately were.

SwedishEdith Thu 17-Jul-14 16:42:54

Started a thread as well on this. It's horrific. I was only thinking about the other plane earlier and that it might have been shot down.
I watched a documentary about the Air France crash last night - so upsetting listening to the pilots final conversation

SublimeCorpse Thu 17-Jul-14 16:43:11

just watching sky news coverage now - its awful sad

BeyondTheLimitsOfAcceptability Thu 17-Jul-14 16:43:41

News says crashed? Source for shot down?

SublimeCorpse Thu 17-Jul-14 16:44:19

LBC reporting shot down as is sky news

Tweedledont Thu 17-Jul-14 16:44:33

WeAreEternal Thu 17-Jul-14 16:44:55

They are saying that it was only flying at an altitude of 10k, and it's likely that it was not recognised and they panicked and shot it down by mistake.

It was 50 miles from the Russian border.

Local Ukrainian media are reporting that there is nothing but burning wreckage left.

SwedishEdith Thu 17-Jul-14 16:45:29

BBC 6music news says shot down

tribpot Thu 17-Jul-14 16:45:56

Beeb quotes an unnamed aviation source saying the plane was at 30,000 feet in an international airspace corridor when it descended rapidly and crashed.

WeAreEternal Thu 17-Jul-14 16:46:56

Great minds sweedish.

It's so horrific.

Malaysian airlines have confirmed that they have lost contact with the flight and that it never entered Russian air space.

BoreOfWhabylon Thu 17-Jul-14 16:48:28

BBC live updates here

Tournesol Thu 17-Jul-14 16:50:31

Just reading on the Guardian. It seems the reason they are speculating it may have been shot down is because separatists shot down a Ukrainian plane earlier in the day.

So awful.

WeAreEternal Thu 17-Jul-14 16:50:56

the times live updates


HerRoyalNotness Thu 17-Jul-14 16:51:59

That's horrific. Makes you wonder why they didn't have a no fly zone over air space there though. They do in other troubled zones.

AuntieStella Thu 17-Jul-14 16:52:42

Interfax is saying shot down.

And clearly something caused the plane to crash (close to Ukraine/Russia border). But is it still possible there was a bomb or some other catastrophic event?

tribpot Thu 17-Jul-14 16:52:45

The Beeb's just reported:

16:50: An advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister, Anton Gerashenko, says the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) when it was "hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher", in a post on his Facebook page, according to the Associated Press.

On his Facebook page??

AuntieStella Thu 17-Jul-14 16:56:55

Lots of speculation, emerging from all sorts of people on all sorts of platforms.

280 passengers, 15 crew sad

MerdeAlor Thu 17-Jul-14 16:58:02

Sky are confirmed it was shot down. The interfax agency say it was shot down by a ground to air missile.

BoreOfWhabylon Thu 17-Jul-14 16:58:08

295 'souls'


WeAreEternal Thu 17-Jul-14 16:58:29

sky news have videos of the smoke

BoreOfWhabylon Thu 17-Jul-14 16:58:41

Isn't Interfax Russian though?

AnyaKnowIt Thu 17-Jul-14 16:59:40

Oh my sad

WeAreEternal Thu 17-Jul-14 17:01:07

Is it suspicious or just a horrible coincidence that Malaysian airlines have lost two Boeing 777s within a few months of one another?

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