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Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashes in Ukraine near Russian border: Interfax

Published on Jul 17, 2014 11:23 PM
A plume of smoke is seen rising from where a Malaysia Airlines plane allegedly crashed in eastern Ukraine. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

KIEV (AFP/Reuters) - A Malaysian airliner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in east Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are battling government forces, Russian and Ukrainian news agencies reported, citing aviation and security sources.

The Boeing passenger liner came down close to town of Shaktarsk in the rebellion-wracked region of Donetsk after disappearing from the radar and teams from the emergency services were trying to reach the scene, an unnamed security source told Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

The plane had 295 people on board, Interfax cited an aviation industry source as saying on Thursday.