Malaysian plane with 295 persons shot down over Ukraina close to Russian border

The Russian news agency Interfax reported that a Malaysian airliner with 280 passengers and a crew of 15 people on board shall have crashed after it was hit by a “Buk”- surface-to-air-missile, said  Anton Geratshtshenk, adviser of the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. The disaster occured, as agencies report,  in eastern Ukraine, near the border to Russia.

The aircraft was according to several news agencies shot down over the war zone in eastern Ukraine supposedly at a cruising altitude of almost 11,000 meter. According to news agency the completely destroyed airliner was found at the ground on Ukrainian territory. It is feared that all aboard were killed.

The aircraft of type Boeing 777 was on a flight from Amsterdam Schiphol to Kuala-Lumpur . Flight no. “NH 17″ left from Amsterdam at 12:14 Dutch time. The disaster has happened over Shakhtjorsk near Donetsk, in the middle of the civil war zone.

The pro-Russian forces in the area underlined in a first commend that they do not have weapons of the defence system “Buk” which could shoot down a plane in an altitude of 11.000 meter. The Buk missile can be used for targets up to 25 kilometers.

Malaysia Airlines has already lost one Boeing 777 in March this year. MH370 with 239 people on board disappeared from the radar on a flight from Kuala Lumpur in direction Bejing. The plane was never found.

Source: Interfax, RIA Novosti, SPIEGEL Online