A Malaysia Airlines aircraft carrying 280 passengers and 15 members of crew has crashed in East Ukraine.

The carrier has confirmed it lost contact with flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over “Ukrainian airspace”.

There are reports it was shot down by a ground-to-air missile.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement: “Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.

“Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777 departed Amsterdam at 1215pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 0610 (Malaysia local time) the next day.”

The incident comes as the search for Malaysia flight MS370 continues in the remote south Indian ocean off western Australia. That flight, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and with 239 people onboard, vanished on March 8.

MalaysiaAirlines.com

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