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UPDATING: Malaysian Airlines Plane Allegedly Shot Down Over Ukraine-Russia Border

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A Ukrainian official said a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country. All 280 passengers and 15 crew members are feared dead.

Ukrainian outlet The Insider is reporting that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and crashed in the Donetsk region and was shot down.

The Associated Press reports that Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit by a missile “fired from a Buk launcher.” A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

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