A Malaysian airliner with 295 people aboard, shot down by a missile, crashed in Ukraine while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The plane fell down between Krasni Luch in Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk in the neighbouring region of Donetsk. None of those on board is likely to have survived the crash.
The Malaysia Airlines, which has been plagued by a series of mishaps, had lost contact with Flight MH17 from Amsterdam over Ukraine. Only four months ago, MH-17, one of its aircraft had disappeared suddenly and has not been found till date despite massive global efforts. The Ukrainian presidency has officially confirmed the crash and ordered a probe.
The plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine. Pro-Russia separatist rebels have been fighting the government forces in the troubled region. Defence experts opine that shooting down a plane flying at 10 km from the ground requires a long- range surface-to-air missile - possibly guided by radar.