Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:49:20 AM CDTUpdated On: Sep 09 2014 09:23:04 AM CDT
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 broke apart in the air after it was hit by a burst of "high-energy objects" from outside, a preliminary report by Dutch aviation investigators said Tuesday. Take a look at images from the tragedy.
A Malaysia Airlines flight traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was shot down by "terrorists" on July 17, an adviser to Ukraine's minister of internal affairs told CNN.
Take a look at images from the tragedy.
The plane, a Boeing 777, was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.
Tensions have been high between Ukraine and Russia for months and Torez is in a region currently held by armed, pro-Russian separatists.
Malaysia Airlines tweeted this immediately when news of the disaster broke:
According toAnton Geraschenko, adviser to Ukraine's minister of internal affairs, the plane was shot down near the town on Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.
The plane was flying 10,000 meters above the ground when it was shot down by the Russian Buk missile system, reported Ukraine's Foreign Ministry.
There were 280 passengers and 15 crew members reportedly onboard.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denied any military involvement in the crash.
News of the Malaysian plane came in the same week that Ukrainian officials said a Russian fighter shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane while the aircraft was in in Ukrainian airspace.
Reacting to the breaking story, CNN's Richard Quest, an aviation expert, said that it would "extremely unusual" for an airliner at 32,000 feet to be shot down. From the ground, one could simply look up and tell whether a plane was a commercial aircraft.
People took photos of a screen showing arrival details of flight MH17 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.
People are stricken by grief as they learn friends and family were traveling on flight MH17.
Right after the crash, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak tweeted that an investigation will be launched immediately. "I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed," he posted.
Russia President Vladimir Putin "expressed deep condolences" to Malaysia's Prime Minister over the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, a post the Thursday after the crash on the Kremlin's website said. Putin "asked to pass the most sincere word of condolences and support to families and relatives of (the crash) victims," the post said.
The U.S. and Ukraine have accused pro-Russian separatists operating in the region of downing the plane with a missile, something both the separatists and Russia deny.
Investigators say they have had problems reaching the crash site because of the unstable situation in eastern Ukraine.