Malaysia Airlines has just released the following statement:
“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.
“The flight was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew onboard.
A Dutch man posted a picture of what is believed to be flight MH17 joking “if we disappear, this is what the plane looks like” shortly before take off.
The aircraft was “shot down” over Ukraine by “terrorists” operating a Buk surface-to-air missile system.
The plane was shot down near the town on Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, as it flew at about 10,000 meters (32,000 feet) above.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has ordered an investigation into the “airplane catastrophe” in eastern Ukraine, his spokeswoman Olga Lappo said.
Denouncing a “terrorist act”, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement that he would initiate an
international commission to investigate the crash.
He added that Ukrainian armed forces had not carried out any action to destroy targets in the air.
He offered his condolences to the families of the victims.