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Malaysia Airlines plane crashes in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people crashed Thursday in eastern Ukraine. The latest updates can be found here.

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'We lost contact with Flight MH17 in Ukraine'

Malaysia Airlines said Thursday that it lost contact with an airliner that was flying in Ukrainian airspace. “We lost contact with Flight MH17 in Ukraine,” Najmuddin Abdullah, who works in Malaysia Airlines’ press office, told the Washington Post’s Michael Birnbaum.

Mark Berman
July 17, 12:26 pm
  • Mark Berman July 17, 12:26 pm

Statements from Malasyia Airlines and Prime Minister

Malaysia Airlines released the following statement today:

And Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak released the following statement:

Justin Bank
July 17, 12:26 pm
  • Justin Bank July 17, 12:26 pm

Ukraine, Malaysia launch investigations into downed jet

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his “shock” at reports that the Boeing 777 plane crashed over Ukraine and announced an “immediate investigation,” in a tweet.

And according to the media service Interfax, the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise said that it has launched an investigation into the crash as well.

“A meeting is currently being held on this regard in the Ukrainian State Aviation Service and investigation has been started,” UkSATSE said.

 

Abby Phillip
July 17, 12:27 pm
  • Abby Phillip July 17, 12:27 pm

Boeing issues statement on flight

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the Malaysia Airlines airplane lost over Ukrainian airspace, as well as their families and loved ones,” Boeing said in a statement issued a short time ago. “Boeing stands ready to provide whatever assistance is requested by authorities.”

Mark Berman
July 17, 12:36 pm
  • Mark Berman July 17, 12:36 pm

Crashed Malaysian jet was on the same route it flew every day

A key question that will need to be answered in the coming hours and days will be how a massive commercial jet liner could be, as reports suggest, shot out of the sky.

Over at Wonkblog, Christopher Ingraham took a look at the plane’s flight path, which appears to be identical to the route it takes every day.

Flight path today:

flight path today

 

Flight path Wednesday:

Flight path yesterday

More from Wonkblog here.

Abby Phillip
July 17, 12:38 pm
  • Abby Phillip July 17, 12:38 pm

Obama briefed on missing plane

President Obama has been briefed about the Malaysia Airlines plane and has instructed White House staff to contact senior Ukrainian officials, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday afternoon.

Earnest said Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at Moscow’s request on Thursday to discuss a new round of sanctions on Russia, but it is not clear if this conversation occurred before or after Obama learned that the plane had disappeared over Ukraine, according to the pool report.

Mark Berman
July 17, 12:43 pm
  • Mark Berman July 17, 12:43 pm

Images from the crash site

These photos were tweeted by Russia Today and journalist Maxin Eristavi.

J. Freedom du Lac
July 17, 12:46 pm
  • J. Freedom du Lac July 17, 12:46 pm

Ukrainian president denies armed forces shot down Malaysia jet

Via the Associated Press:

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country’s armed forces didn’t shoot at any airborne targets.

“We do not exclude that this plane was shot down, and we stress that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets,” he said. “We are sure that those who are guilty in this tragedy will be held responsible.”

Abby Phillip
July 17, 12:48 pm
  • Abby Phillip July 17, 12:48 pm

State Department: No 'confirmation of cause' yet

Sarah Larimer
July 17, 12:55 pm
  • Sarah Larimer July 17, 12:55 pm

Airline: Lost contact 50 kilometers from Russia-Ukraine border

Malaysia Airlines issued a statement saying that Ukrainian air traffic control reported losing contact with the flight about 50 kilometers from the Russia-Ukraine border.

The plane, a Boeing 777, departed Amsterdam at 12:15 p.m. (local time) and was scheduled to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6:10 a.m. (local time) the following morning.

The airline also confirmed that there were 280 passengers and 15 crew on the plane.

Mark Berman
July 17, 1:02 pm
  • Mark Berman July 17, 1:02 pm
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