Official: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

A Russian flag flies above one of the barricades which surround the Donetsk Regional Administration Building on April 23, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  Pro-Russian activists have taken control of the building, surrounding it with a barricade of tires and barbed wire. Several bands of separatists, similar to those in Donetsk have been occupying government buildings in other eastern Ukraine cities in recent weeks.  (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
A Russian flag flies above one of the barricades which surround the Donetsk Regional Administration Building on April 23, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian activists have taken control of the building, surrounding it with a barricade of tires and barbed wire. Several bands of separatists, similar to those in Donetsk have been occupying government buildings in other eastern Ukraine cities in recent weeks. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/17 8:48 am

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — An adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister says a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people has been shot down over a town in the east of the country.

Anton Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit Thursday 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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