Malaysia Passenger Jet Crashes in Ukraine, 295 Dead
Malaysia Airlines reported it lost contact with a a Boeing 777 aircraft en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was last over Ukrainian territory. The news follows a report that a Ukrainian military jet was shot down over the Luhansk region near the Russian border on Monday.
Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, said in a statement that he was calling for an immediate investigation of the crash.
Flight 17 was believed to have been shot down over the Donetsk region near the city of Torez, according to a statement by a Ukrainian official in the interior ministry. The plane had more than 200 passengers and crew and was flying at an altitude of 32,800 feet or 10,000 meters.
The news agency Reuters is reporting that all 295 people on board the plane were killed.
In a message on Twitter, Malaysia Airlines said it had lost contact with the flight. “The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace,” it said.
Malaysia’s defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, responded to the news with several short tweets: “Monitoring this closely,” he wrote in one. He also said that he had directed the country’s ministry of defense to “get confirmation.”
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