Sad to hear about yet ANOTHER Malaysia Airlines plane that went down with nearly 300 on board. Our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this horrific situation. Here’s what we know so far:
Source: ABC News
Malaysia Air said today that it “lost contact” with one of its passenger planes over Ukraine near the Russian border.
The airline said in a tweet that the Boeing 777 plane — Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur with 294 people on board — had its “last known position was over Ukraine airspace.”
Flight radar shows that the plane was lost somewhere on the eastern border of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that the plane “disappeared from radar screens.”
“In recent days, this is the third tragic accident after the Russian territory were downed aircraft AN-26 and SU-25 Armed Forces of Ukraine. We do not exclude that this aircraft was also shot down, and stress that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not commit any action to defeat the purposes of the air,” he added in a statement.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a tweet, “On reports of tragic Malaysian plane crash: at this time US do not have any conformation of cause, individuals on plane or any addl details”
This is the second Malaysia Air plane to be involved in a crash this year.
On March 8, Malaysia Air Flight MH370 vanished with 239 people on board after it took off from Kuala Lampur bound for Beijing. Malaysian officials said the plane disappeared somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean, but no wreckage has ever been recovered.