Plane suspected to be shot down
National carrier and oneworld member Malaysia Airlines has suffered another plane crash following the disappearance of its flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.
Earlier today, the airline’s flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, being performed by a Boeing 777-200ER (Extended Range), registration 9M-MRD lost contact while flying over the Ukraine. The Interfax news agency and news channel CNN are reporting the plane has crashed around 13:20Z (18:50 IST) in the eastern Ukraine the troubled border it shares with Russia.
The plane with 280 passengers and 15 crew on board, has taken off from Amsterdam Schipol airport at 12:14 CET (11:14Z, 16:44 IST).
As per Aviation Herald, was en-route at flight level 330 (33,000ft above sea level) about 20nm northeast of Donetsk (Ukraine) when the transponder signal was lost at FL330 at position N48.56 E37.21.
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed the loss of contact, but has not yet acknowledged a crash. The airline tweeted “Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.”
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
Airlines around the world have already announced they are re-routing their flight to avoid Ukrainian airspace.