UKRAINE: Malaysian Jetliner Downed by Missile – 295 Feared Dead.

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A Malaysian Airlines jetliner carrying 295 people crashed along the Ukraine – Russia border, an area currently embroiled in violent conflict between Ukraine and Russian Separatists. It has now been reported by numerous sources that the jet was downed by a surface-to-air missile. 

As Fox News reports:

The airline, which saw one of its fleet disappear over the Indian Ocean in March, confirmed only that “an incident” had occurred involving the Boeing 777, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam…

…mutiple reports, including from Russia’s Interfax news agency, said the plane was shot down at cruising altitude. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister told The Associated press that the plane, carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew people onboard, was shot down.

Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

The border area where the plane apparently went down, near the city of Kremenchuk, has been embroiled in the larger dispute between Ukraine and ethnic Russian separatists. Fighting has intensified in recent months in the region. A day before, according to the Ukrainian government, a Russian military plane shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in Ukrainian airspace.

No word yet on whether the missile was fired by Russian separatists or Ukrainian forces.

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