Update: A Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines crashed on the border between Ukraine and Russia
Update 01.34 / 18.07.2014: The Dutch press conference reviews the number of passengers on board the Boeing 777-200 Malaysia Airlines (MH17 flight) to 298 persons: 15 crew members and 283 passengers.
Update 00.07 / 18.07.2014: List of passengers by nationality - source wikipedia. According to the latest information, 80 children were aboard the aircraft.
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Update 21.18: Pictures from the accident site. Some passports were found, boarding passes. The authorities talk about 300 over the dead, including 23 for US citizens.
Update 20.48: Aircraft Boeing 777-200ER (9M-MRD) Malaysia Airlines took off from Amsterdam at 12: 15PM and was scheduled to land in Kuala Lumpur at 06.10AM the following day, local time in Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines received notification from the Ukrainian ATC that it was notified that contact with the aircraft was lost on the flight MH17, around 14: 15 (GMT), at 30 km from TAMAK as a reference point, at 50 by km from the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Boeing 777-200ER (9M-MRD) operated the first flight on 17 July 1997. Here after 17 years, on 17 July 2014, this aircraft also operated the last flight. Arrived in Malaysia Airlines fleet on 30 July 1997.
Update 20.26: Impact of Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines aircraft on the ground.
Update 20.16: Follow lifenews.ru
Update 19.54: The first pictures
(source photo: Reuters)
Update 19.48: Malaysia Airlines declared on its official Facebook account:
# MASalert - Media Statement 1 - MH17 Incident
Released at 12: 30am / 18 July 2014
Malaysia Airlines confirms that it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.
Flight NEXT operated on a Boeing 17 departed Amsterdam at 777pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.15 am (Malaysia local time) the next day.
The flight was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew onboard.
Update 19.46: Flightradar24.com managed to establish the point at which the aircraft disappeared.
Update 19.26Boeing issued a brief statement.
„Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the Malaysia Airlines airplane lost over Ukrainian airspace, as well as their families and loved ones.
Boeing stands ready to provide whatever assistance is requested by authorities. ”
Update 19.02: From the first information, it appears that the aircraft was shot down from 10 000 meters, being hit by a ground-to-air missile fired by pro-Russian separatists.
At around 12:30 UTC, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER (9M-MRD) crashed near the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Donetsk region. The aircraft had 295 people on board (15 crew members and 280 passengers). Opera flight MH17 - Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur.
According to the first information, the plane had fallen at 80 km from the city of Donetsk in Ukraine. The Russian ITAS-TASS agency writes that all passengers have died as a result of the incident, a fact that has not yet been officially confirmed. The Malaysian company has confirmed that it has lost contact with the MH17 flight over the Ukrainian airspace, according to unimedia.info.
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If confirmed, this is the second major accident involving a 777 Malaysia Airlines plane from 2014. In March 2014, the aircraft on the flight MH370 has disappeared over the South China Sea.
The news is being updated.