Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine – 295 dead

Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine – 295 dead

Poland’s foreign minister has given condolences after the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, amid claims it was shot down.

Airlines flight MH17 takes off at 12.31 PM from Schiphol airport near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 17 July 2014. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with more than 280 passengers on board crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian and Ukrainian news agencies report. The airline said on its Twitter account that it lost contact with flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Both Russian and Ukrainian sources confirmed that the plane went down between the city of Donetsk and the Russian border, an area that has seen heavy fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.  Photo: EPA/FRED NEELEMAN

Airlines flight MH17 takes off at 12.31 PM from Schiphol airport near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 17 July 2014. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with more than 280 passengers on board crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian and Ukrainian news agencies report. The airline said on its Twitter account that it lost contact with flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Both Russian and Ukrainian sources confirmed that the plane went down between the city of Donetsk and the Russian border, an area that has seen heavy fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces. Photo: EPA/FRED NEELEMAN

“Unspeakable horror for the passengers of downed flight MH17. Condolences to families, justice for perpetrators and those who enabled them,” Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski tweeted on Thursday after 295 people died when the plane came down near the village of Grabovo, between Krasni Luch in the Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk in the neighbouring region of Donetsk.

Both Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels have denied shooting down the Boeing 777 commercial flight, though Russian separatists are believed to have shot down two Ukrainian military planes over the region in the last few days.

Ukraine’s interior minister claims the plane had been hit by a missile at an altitude of 10,000m.

Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak is launching an inquiry into the crash and Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Barack Obama have spoken on the telephone about the disaster. (pg)

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