Thu 17 Jul 2014
In a tragic turn of events, a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down and crashed near the Russian border in the Ukraine, According to reports, the plane was hit with a missile and was carrying about 300 passengers.
At press time, the finger was being pointed at the Russian military who allegedly also shot down a Ukrainian jet fighter over Ukrainian territory the day before the incident. The pilot had to eject, according to the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman. The Ukrainian government is denying being responsibility for the missile attack.
Malaysia Airlines said on Twitter that it “has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace.”
Stay tuned for more updates on the developing story.
Update: The Chicago Tribune reports that 23 of the passengers were Americans. New reports says 295 passengers are believed to be dead.
UPDATE #2: As BuzzFeed reveals, no passengers on the flight checked in with a U.S. passport. However, the administration is still trying to find out if there were dual nationals on the plane.