On Thursday, Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17, and, according to media reports, it crashed in Ukraine’s embattled Donetsk region. The flight was carrying 295 passengers and crew and heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
An unconfirmed report from Interfax says MH17 was shot down. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s minister of the interior, wrote on his Facebook page that the plane was hit by a missile fired from a Buk missile system, according to the AP.
But there was no immediate confirmation.
A defense official with the Ukrainian separatists denied that the rebels were involved in downing the plane.
Passenger jets have been shot down in the past. Below is a list of five previous episodes.
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