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Malaysian Airlines Crashes in Ukraine (Video)

Malaysian Airline MH1 en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, July 27.

According to a Ukranian official, the Boeing plane with 295 people on board was shot down on Thursday over a town in the east of the country - a region of military action where Ukrainian government forces are battling pro-Russian separatists.

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. The Buk missile system can fire missiles up to an altitude of 22,000 meters (72,000 feet).

The Interfax report said the plane came down 50 km (20 miles) short of entering Russian airspace. It began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory.

Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter feed that it "has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace."