Malaysia Flight MH17 Crashes With 295 People On Board


Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in Ukraine

Emergency workers at the crash site

A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine where separatist rebels have been engaging Ukrainian military forces in recent weeks. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, said the jet may have been shot down.

“We do not exclude that the plane was shot down and confirm that the Ukraine armed forces did not fire at any targets in the sky,” Poroshenko said in a statement.

Dozens of bodies were scattered around the smouldering wreckage of the plane, near the village of Grabovo, about 25 miles from the Russian border, according to reporters at the scene. Emergency workers said at least 100 bodies had been found so far, and wreckage was scattered across an area 9 miles in diameter.