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A Malaysian Boeing 777 plane, which was flying from Amsterdan to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine near Donetsk after being shot down, according to reports. An NBC News source said: this specific area near Donetsk is the center of the conflict between the Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military.
Anti-Russian activists in the Ukraine claimed it was shot down over territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
A total of 295 people were on board (280 passengers and 15 crew members). Anton Gerashenko, the adviser, says on his Facebook page that the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired, according to Associated Press.
The Malaysian Prime Minister said at a press conference, “This is a tragic day in what has already been a tragic year for Malaysia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of those on board the flight. I can’t imagine what they must be going through during this painful time.”