U.S. Officials: Malaysian passenger jet shot down by surface-to-air missile

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

KIEV, Ukraine A Malaysian passenger jet carrying 295 people was shot down over Ukraine Thursday morning.

Late Thursday afternoon, senior U.S. officials confirms that the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

Russia Today is reporting that all 285 passengers and 15 crew of Malaysia MH17 have died.

Anton Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher.

A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter feed that it "has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow."

Ukraine's president says his country's armed forces did not shoot at any airborne targets.

President Petro Poroshenko elaborated: "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."

"We are sure that those who are guilty in this tragedy will be held responsible," Poroshenko added

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