Breaking News: Malaysian Passenger Flight Believed To Be Shot Down Near Russian Border

On Thursday, Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed near the Russian border, near Ukraine according to the Interfax news agency.

Below is a video of the wreck:

The Boeing 777 jet (flight MH-17) was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. According to the Interfax report, the plane came down 50 km (20 miles) short of entering Russian airspace. The airliner seemed to have come down in a region of military action where Ukrainian government forces are battling pro-Russian separatists.

According to an unnamed source, it “began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory.” A separate unnamed source quoted by Interfax said the plane disappeared from radar at 10,000 meters and came down near the town of Shakhtyorsk.

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, took to Facebook to advise that the plane was hit by a missile fired from a Buk Launcher over the country’s east, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier on Thursday, the Ukrainian military had accused Russian jets of shooting down a Ukrainian warplane on wednesday night. The Russian Defense Ministry is denying these claims.


Among the passports gathered from the wreckage include people from the UK and Australia. Here is a screen-capture from a live camera at the crash site.:

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This story is currently developing.