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Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane crash in Ukraine

Source : RT / 17 Jul 2014

A Malaysian Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Malaysia has crashed in eastern Ukraine. There were 285 people and 15 crew members on board the Boeing-777 aircraft.

A source within the Russian air traffic agency has told ITAR-TASS that Ukraine's security agency decided to close the airspace above the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics three days ago, contradicting Ukrainian sources, who claim that the air corridor in which they plane was likely shot down, was still open.

Ukraine’s navigation service has told Russia’s RIA news agency that the air corridor above 9,600 meters was open to civilian flights. The plane was reportedly at an altitude of 10,600 when ground control lost contact.

Vladimir Putin has expressed his "sincere condolences" to Malaysian Prime Minister Najob Razak, the Kremlin press service reports.

The Twitter of the Malaysian Defense Minister says that it doesn't yet know whether plane was downed, but had started an investigation.

Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, has rejected any involvement of the Ukrainian armed forces in the crash of the Malaysian jet, Interfax news agency reports.

The Donetsk People’s Republic – where heavy fighting continues between Kiev and opposition – has denied reports in the Western media which claim that the Malaysian plane was shot down. 

The local self-defense forces aren’t in possession of military equipment capable of bringing the jet down, they explained.

All 285 passengers and 15 crew members have died in the crash, an adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Geraschenko said.


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