Malaysian passenger crashes in the Ukraine near Russia

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

On Thursday in the Ukraine near Russia, a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight crashed.

There were a total of 295 people aboard. Flight 17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, according to the Associated Press. The airplane was a Boeing 777. It crashed near the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where Russia and Ukrane are currently in the middle of a political struggle.

The exact location of the crash was in Torez, near Shakhtersk, 40 km (25 miles) from the Russia border. Local residents found wreckage. Investigations have been ordered by authorities, who are attempting to find out if the plane was shot down.

According to The Wire, Interfax reports that the plane lost contact at about 4:20 p.m. The passenger plane had contact in Amsterdam, but lost their signal before crashing.

Interfax-Ukraine reported that the Ukrainian officials think the plane disappeared from radar when it was flying at 10,000, according to Reuters.

Malysian Airlines MH370 disappeared while en route to Kuala Lumpur in March. The ongoing search for that flight has yet to come up with any results.

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