AS IT HAPPENED: Malaysia Airlines MH17 crashes in Ukraine

2014-07-17 22:25

A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border.

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17 Jul 19:31   Russian airline Aeroflot says will no longer fly over Ukraine territory - Reuters

17 Jul 19:32   At least 22 bodies at wreck site, according to an AP journalist

17 Jul 19:33   Number of dead from crash of #MH17 more than 300, includes 23 US citizens: Interior Ministry adviser, quoted by Interfax - Reuters

17 Jul 19:35  

17 Jul 19:38   The route taken by flight MH17 was a well-flown route between Europe and Asia, a pilot tells BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott. He said that any troops should have known the path was full of civilian aircraft. - BBC

17 Jul 19:44   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 6.10am (Malaysia local time) the next day.

17 Jul 19:54   British Airways: "Our flights are not using Ukrainian airspace" - spokesperson - Reuters

17 Jul 19:55  

A social media site attributed to a top Ukrainian rebel commander said the insurgents had shot down an army transporter at the location where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed Thursday near the Russian border.

The comments by the top military commander of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" suggest the separatists had shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane by mistake, believing it was a large Ukrainian army transport plane.

"We just downed an An-26 near Torez. It is down near the Progress mine," said the VK page attributed to Igor Strelkov, which is frequently quoted by Ukrainian media. - AFP


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17 Jul 19:59   British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed shock over the crash on Twitter.

17 Jul 20:07   At least four French nationals on board Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed: French foreign minister - Reuters

17 Jul 20:08   MH17 Passenger Apparently Took Extraordinary Photo As He Boarded

17 Jul 20:09  

17 Jul 20:12   Malaysian airliner was flying normally without problems until disappeared from radar: head of Ukrainian airspace regulatory body - Reuters

17 Jul 20:17   British Airways said on Thursday that it was keeping its once-a-day route between Heathrow airport and Kiev under review - Reuters

17 Jul 20:20  

17 Jul 20:22   US: No Information Yet on Possible Americans on Malaysia Air Plane

17 Jul 20:23   Pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine say they have found "black box" flight recorder of downed Malaysian airliner: Interfax - Reuters

17 Jul 20:36   Check out our gallery of the MH17 crash

17 Jul 20:36   Putin offers condolences to Malaysian PM over downed Malaysian airliner. - Reuters

17 Jul 20:37   President Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has called allegations that Russia was involved in the downing of MH17 "stupidity", Alec Luhn reports for the Guardian.

17 Jul 20:37   The director of Eurocontrol, which controls air traffic across Europe, says that Ukrainian airspace has now been closed after reports of the crash. - BBC

17 Jul 20:38  

17 Jul 20:40  

Dozens of severely mutilated corpses could be seen strewn in the wreckage of a Malaysian airliner that crashed Thursday in rebel-held eastern Ukraine but there were no signs of survivors, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Debris was spread out for kilometres, and the tail of a passenger jet lay in a corn field with the Malaysian Airlines insignia on it, while insurgent fighters and several fire trucks were seen nearby the crash site.

"I had just gone to sleep at … when I heard an enormous bang," Katya, 64, told AFP.

"It was like an earthquake."

Her daughter Natalya, 36, said that she had fled to safety when the sound of the explosion rumbled overhead.

"I took my baby and went and hid in the basement," she said.

There was no sign of any rescue workers. - AFP


17 Jul 20:44   Biden spoke to Poroshenko, offered U.S. assistance to help determine what happened in crash: White House - Reuters

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17 Jul 21:04   The epicenter of the MH17 crash is a grim scene of "charred earth, twisted metal and body parts" - The Guardian

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17 Jul 21:11   Separatists willing to have up to three day ceasefire to allow for recovery work at site of downed airliner: RIA - Reuters

17 Jul 21:27  

17 Jul 21:29   Search efforts at scene of Malaysian airliner crash being hampered by "armed terrorists": Head of Ukrainian Emergency Situations - Reuters

17 Jul 21:42  

17 Jul 21:52   Ukrainian security chief accuses two Russian intelligence officers of involvement in crash based on phone intercepts for proof - Reuters

17 Jul 21:55  

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17 Jul 22:09   Eurocontrol says Malaysian plane was flying in open airspace, but about 1,000 feet above a closed section of airspace - Reuters

17 Jul 22:17   German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday called for an independent, international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine. - Reuters

17 Jul 22:46  

US Vice President Joe Biden says that the Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down. He said that is was "not an accident, blown out of the sky". - Reuters


17 Jul 22:48  

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib says that if the aircraft was shot down, perpetrators must be swiftly brought to justice.

He also said that the downed aircraft did not make a distress call. - Reuters


17 Jul 22:51   Malaysian PM Najib says agrees with President Obama, investigators must get full access to crash sites - Reuters

17 Jul 22:53  

17 Jul 22:53   Putin says airplane disaster would not have happened if Kiev had not renewed military operation against rebels in east Ukraine - Reuters

17 Jul 23:03  

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