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Malaysian flight MH17 crashes, Interfax Russia says plane possibly 'shot down'

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The news is distressing coming out of Moscow on July 17. Interfax Russia reports that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has confirmed the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17, a Boeing-777, in the Donetsk region. When entering information about the Malaysian Airlines flight 17's status into Google, it still shows an on-time arrival stays from AMS to KUL, having departed Amsterdam on Thursday, July 17, scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. arrival time. According to the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko, however, a plane crash has killed 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board the doomed flight.

Interfax has quoted a source from a plane crash agency within aviation circles that confirmed a male ource in the Pravoohranitelonyh bodies of Ukraine that stated, according to him, the plane was "shot down" at an altitude of about 10 kilometers -- however, officials have not been able yet to confirm whether or not this was indeed a direct act of terrorism against the Malaysian flight. The State Service for Emergency Situations is expected to release more information as it is revealed, as YouTube videos with photos showing the smoking plane wreckage have already been uploaded to the social sharing website.

The official Malaysia Airlines Twitter page confirms that contact with Flight MH17 out of Amsterdam was lost and that the last known position of the flight was when it flew over Ukrainian airspace, promising more details to follow. At the same time, the website Flightstats reports that the Malaysia Airlines on Thursday did make the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over the territory of Ukraine, information that displays an electronic mapping that tracks the location of the aircraft on the border with Russia.

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