The plane, a Boeing 777, contained 15 crew members and 280 passengers, according to the aviation manifest.
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed a loss of contact with the flight crew, stating via Twitter: “Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam," read the tweet from the airline. "The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.”
The plane went down a mere twenty miles from entering Russian airspace.
An unidentified source told Reuters that it, “Began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory.
Locals captured some video that can be seen at PopWrapped.com (HERE).
Malaysia Airlines has been receiving some bad press lately as this story comes on the heels of the mysterious disappearance of Flight 370 which sparked international interest and search efforts that spanned the world. While that flight has not yet been recovered, this new tragedy for the airlines does not bode well.
War-torn Ukraine has also been staying in the headlines with the country's turbulent relationship with Russia, and reports have yet to confirm why this flight was targeted.
Fox News reports that "Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he has directed the country’s Ministry of Defense to investigate the incident, according to a message on his Twitter account. He said he could not confirm that the plane was shot down."
Stick with us as this tragic story continues to unfold. And please keep the passengers and their families in your thoughts and prayers.