Official: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

, Posted: Thu, July 17 2014 at 9:51 AM, Updated: Thu, July 17 2014 at 1:36 PM

Official: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

(NBC News) A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying 295 people crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border on Thursday, and a Ukrainian adviser said it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, NBC News reported.

Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it had lost contact with the aircraft, Flight 17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The Russian news agency Interfax said that the crash was in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine where Pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian security forces. President Barack Obama said the U.S. was working to determine whether Americans were on board.

Kiev, Ukraine -- (KGW News) A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard was reportedly hit by a missile and crashed Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, according to an adviser to Ukraine's interior ministry.

The adviser, Anton Gerashenko, says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher, the Associated Press reports.

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