BREAKING: Malaysia Airline flight MH17, carrying 295 people crashed near Russian

A passenger jet has crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area where separatist rebels have been engaging Ukrainian military forces in recent weeks.

Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko said 280 passengers and 15 crew were on board.

Dozens of bodies were scattered around the smouldering wreckage of the plane, near the village of Grabovo, about 25 miles from the Russian border, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene.

Local emergency workers said at least 100 bodies had been found so far, and wreckage was scattered across an area nine miles in diameter.

Malaysia Airlines said via its Twitter feed: “Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.”

A source in the Russian aviation industry told Reuters that the plane did not enter Russian airspace when expected and had crashed in eastern Ukraine.

Stay tuned

Posted By Valentino Godwin

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