A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft carrying 295 people has crashed in Ukraine, near the eastern border with Russia.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

The plane is believed to have crashed at around 17:25 Moscow time (14:25 BST).

In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said:

“Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.

“Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777 departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.10 am (Malaysia local time) the next day.”

Boeing has said that they are also investigating the reports:

“We are aware of reports on MH17. We’re gathering more information.”

In a statement, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed his “deepest and most sincere condolences to the families and relatives of theose killed in their terrible tragedy. Every possible search and rescue effort is being made”

The Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak tweeted:

“I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.”

The location of the plane crash is close to where a number of Ukrainian military planes have been downed in recent days, but reports that it was shot down by rebels are unconfirmed.

The plane would have been flying very high over the region at cruising altitude of at 33,000ft (10,000m), which would be out of range for most handheld weapons.

One video has emerged that claims to show the moment of impact:

Two other videos have emerged appear to show smoke coming from the crash site.

Flights are currently being redirected to avoid the region after claims that the plane has been shot down.



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