Malaysia Airlines crash updates
On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 began its nearly 12-hour journey from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people, but crashed to the north of Torez, Ukraine, an area controlled by Russian separatists.
The first signs of trouble occurred when the plane disappeared from the radar. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact.
Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.
— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) July 17, 2014
Video and images of the crash soon followed with reports that the plane had been shot down by a surface-to-air-missile.
Who was on board?
Malaysia Airlines reported that 189 Dutch, 44 Malaysian (including 15 crew members), 27 Australian, 12 Indonesian, nine British, four German, four Belgian, three from Philippines, one Canadian, one New Zealander and one passenger from Hong Kong were among the passengers killed.
Initial passenger counts reported 195 individuals. They did not include the three infants on board. Of the 298, 80 passengers were children.
As many as 100 on board were planning to transfer in Kuala Lumpur on their way to the 2014 International Aids Conference in Australia. Among them were researchers, medical professionals and leaders from various organizations, including the World Health Organization. Dutch senator Willem Witteveen was also reportedly on board the flight.
Who is responsible?
On Friday morning, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power reported that the flight was likely shot down by Russian separatists, but added that they may not have been acting alone.
American UN envoy Samantha Power says separatists could not have used SA-11 on their own. Must have had help.
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) July 18, 2014
President Obama spoke to the press around noon EST on Friday and confirmed that the FBI was investigating the crash in Ukraine to determine where the missile was launched.