Malaysian plane crashes in Ukraine near Russian border

Jul 17, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT
A screenshot from a Youtube video allegedly depicting the scene of the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.
Youtube: EuroMaidan PR

A Malaysian passenger plane en route to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border, killing all 295 people on board, according to a Ukrainian interior ministry official. The Boeing 777 crashed near the pro-Russia rebel stronghold city of Donetsk. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko is calling for an immediate investigation of the crash, while refusing to rule out the possibility that the plane might have been shot down. Meanwhile, a pro-Russia rebel leader is accusing Ukrainian forces of shooting down the airliner.

U.S. intelligence sources confirmed that a surface-to-air missile was fired at the flight but could not verify its origin.

This is the second disastrous incident this year for Malaysian Airlines, which is still reeling from the mysterious loss of another Boeing flight in March. Malaysia’s government said it was launching an immediate investigation into the incident. Moscow and Kiev’s ongoing showdown is set to heat up as both sides already begin trading blame for the incident.