PLANE CRASHES AGAIN, 295 PASSENGERS ON BOARD
A Boeing 777 Malaysian plane has reportedly crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border .
“A Boeing Malaysian Airlines that was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur began to descend about 50km before entering Russian airspace, and was subsequently found burning on the ground in Ukraine,” an aviation source told Interfax.
Interfax said that 295 people were on board at the time.
News going round is suggesting that the plane was shot down with a missile. The plane is thought to have crashed near Shaktersk.
Reports suggest that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile called a BUK.
Colin Freeman explains:
The BUK is a self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems in the Soviet era and designed to engage cruise missiles, smart bombs, aircraf and and unmanned aerial vehicles. Modern versions can reach up to 80,000 feet.