Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane is shot down
The Boeing 777-200 operated by Malaysia Airlines took off from Amsterdam, Netherlands, for a passenger flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 283 passengers and 15 crewmember were onboard. The plane disappeared from radar screens while it was en-route at FL330 about 50 NM northwest of Donetsk, Ukraine. The burning wreckage has been located near the Ukrainian/Russian border. All the 298 people onboard were killed.
The President of the United States of America announced that the plane has been brought down by a surface to air missile that was launched from within an area controlled by pro-russian separatists.
The aircraft flight route was earlier declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions.
Since year 2000, 7 commercial or transport planes have been voluntary or mistakenly shot by missiles. Watch here the list of those airplanes shot by missiles since year 2000.
This accident is the 2nd worst plane crash since year 2000 in terms of the number of combined onboard and ground fatalities.