Jul 172014

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BREAKING NEWS LIVE VIDEOS — Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency, Interfax, just now reported on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Coincidentally, exactly 18 years ago from today on July 17, 1996, a similar international aviation safety breach occur with the downing of TransWorld Airlines flight TWA 800, due to an explosion of the Boeing 747-200 center fuel tanks, shortly after takeoff over Long Island Sound, off the coast of New York.

The Boeing 777-200ER, operating as Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, was flying at 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) at the time it was shot down.

Malaysia Airlines earlier tweeted that it had lost contact with Flight MH17 over Ukrainian airspace:

Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.

The airline later confirmed the crash, approximately 25 miles from the Russia-Ukraine border:

Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777 departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.10 am (Malaysia local time) the next day. The flight was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew on-board.

The plane crashed near a village called Hrabov in the Donetsk region, an area that has seen clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels in recent days.

Malaysia Airlines is now in the fog of the greatest dual-crisis in international aviation safety and security history,” I said recently on Reuters.

Malaysia Airlines: Ukraine President Calls Airliner Crash an ‘Act of Terrorism’

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls on Dutch experts to launch an investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, according to The Telegraph (U.K.).

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane in Ukrainian airspace an “act of terrorism.”

Poroshenko said he had spoken with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and that Ukraine had offered its condolences on behalf of the Ukrainian people.

He also called for an international investigation into the crash.

Both the government in Kiev and the pro-Russia separatists who have been fighting in the Donetsk region denied any responsibility for downing the plane, which was carrying 298 people.

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on his Facebook page that the plane was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher.

UPDATE (July 17, 2014, 7:10 pm ET) Video Courtesy: The Telegraph (U.K.)

UPDATE (July 17, 2014, 6:07 pm ET) Video Courtesy: Sky News HD, Amateur Video Appears To Show Malaysian Airlines MH17 passenger plane Exploding on Impact. Malaysian plane crashes on Ukraine-Russia border Malaysia Airlines plane crash: Footage captures moment jet burst into flames on impact killing 298 people.

Smoke is now rising five hours ago from the supposed crash site, as confirmed below on LIVE VIDEO by witnesses on the ground at the time of the crash.

Worldwide team searching now for the facts surrounding this devastating international aviation safety and security breach unfolding.

Amateur Video (No longer available as YouTube account has been terminated): Smoke rising from supposed crash site, Secretariat for HQ of National Resistance of Ukraine, Official International Euromaidan Public Responsibility (EMPR), Secretariat for HQ of National Resistance of Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: A Stunning Aviation Safety and Security Breach

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, Registration Number 9M-MRD, performing as flight MH17, from Amsterdam (The Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) with 283 passengers and 15 crew, was en route at Flight Level 330 (meaning 33,000 feet), about 50 nautical miles northwest of Donetsk (Ukraine).

There were 298 people on board, 283 passengers, including 3 infants, and 15 crew members. Ukrainian authorities told U.S. Embassy officials that everyone on the plane was “believed dead” and that the aircraft debris was scattered over a 10-mile swath of land, ABC News reported.

Malaysia Airlines posted a list of passenger nationalities on its website for the 298 passengers and crew: 154 Dutch, 27 Australian, 43 Malaysian (including 15 crew and two infants), 12 Indonesian (including one infant), 9 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 3 Filipino and one Canadian. The airline said it did not yet know the nationalities of the remaining 41 passengers.

An aide to Ukraine’s interior minister quoted by Interfax claimed the total number of dead in the crash was more than 300 and included 23 U.S. citizens. However, the Ukraine interior minister was quoted wrongly.

Quinn Lucas Schansman with dual citizenship U.S. and Dutch was the only named U.S. citizen who perished on board MH17 on July 17. The plane was shot down over Ukraine, allegedly by Russian separatists using sophisticated missile technology. (Facebook)

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Quinn, who was both a Dutch and United States citizen, was on his way to join the rest of his family, who were already vacationing in Malaysia at the time of the crash, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. He is survived by father Thomas Schansman, mother Katja Teunissen, sister Nerissa Schansman and girlfriend Floor van Dranen.

Suddenly, the transponder radar signal of Boeing 777-200ER airliner was lost at Flight Level 330 at position coordinates N48.56 and E37.21 at 13:43 Zulu (9:43 am ET), according to The Aviation Herald reports. By way of further clarification, when the transponder signal was lost, The Boeing 777-200ER airliner’s signal disappeared form Ukrainian air traffic control.

Additional information from The Aviation Herald, and the Russian news agency, Interfax, report citing an industry source that a Malaysia Boeing 777-200ER from Amsterdam to Malaysia has crashed near the Ukrainian/Russian border, the burning wreckage has been located (see above LIVE VIDEO by local neighborhood witnesses on the ground). The aircraft has been shot down, the Russian news agency, Interfax, subsequently added.

Malaysia Airlines has now officially confirmed the tragic aviation safety incident. The Boeing 777-200ER airliner did not enter Russian Airspace so far, but only Ukrainian Airspace, about two hours after the estimated entry into the airspace.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior have confirmed the Boeing 777-200ER has crashed, and that there were no survivors.

Right Now Hours Ago at the Crash Site 12:45 PM – 17 Jul 2014

A horribly tragic scene exists locally a couple dozen miles off the Russian border, as the solemn recovery of the crash site is currently underway.

Dozens of the 298 victims were scattered across 15 kilometers of the smoldering wreckage of the plane, near the village of Grabovo, about 25 miles from the Russian border, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene.

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Photo Credit: Universal News And Sport (Europe). Local TV images purporting to show Malaysia passenger airliner MH17 crashing in Ukraine near the Russian border.

Local emergency workers said at least 100 bodies had been found so far, and the tragic Boeing 777-200ER airliner 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.”

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Photo Credit: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters. Emergency workers at the crash site.

A source in the Russian aviation industry told Reuters that the plane did not enter Russian airspace, when expected, and the massive Boeing 777-200ER airliner had crashed in eastern Ukraine.

Photo Credit: Reuters Top News. The site of a Malaysia Airlines plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in Donetsk region: http://bit.ly/1eP5C4X, Time Stamp: 12:45 PM – 17 Jul 2014, Social Newsroom Media Analytics: 4985 Retweets and 458 Favorites.

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International Leaders Speak Out on Social Media Moments Ago [Source: The Guardian (U.K.)]

Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, wrote on his Facebook page that the plane had crashed in Ukrainian territory after being hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. Associated Press said one of its journalists had seen a similar launcher near the town of Snizhne earlier on Thursday.

Leaders of the self-declared Donetsk people’s republic denied any involvement, according the Interfax news agency. A member of the republic’s security council said the rebels only have weapons able to shoot down a plane at 3,000 meters and blamed Ukrainian military forces having the Buk military launcher capabilities for the attack.

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko called for the creation of a commission to investigate the accident. “This is the third tragic incident in recent days after Ukrainian military An-26 and Su-25 jets were shot down from Russian territory. We don’t rule out that this plane was also shot down, and we stress that the Ukrainian military didn’t take any actions to destroy targets in the air,” he said.

In recent days the Ukrainian air force has lost planes in the area after they have been shot down by rebels. Earlier on Thursday, Ukraine accused Russia of downing one of its fighter jets inside Ukrainian territory.

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, rejected the allegation, telling reporters: “We didn’t do it.”

Sources among the self-declared Donetsk people’s republic also denied any link to the downing of the plane and suggested that Ukrainian forces were involved, according to comments carried by Russian news agencies.

President Barack Obama, who has just landed in Delaware, has been briefed about the Boeing 777-200ER airliner crash. His spokesman, Josh Earnest, told reporters on board Air Force One that the president had instructed his staff to keep him updated and make contact with senior Ukrainian officials.

Vice President Biden said that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, “apparently had been shot down” and “blown out of the sky” over eastern Ukraine Thursday during a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, according to CBS News.

As Biden was speaking, CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports that U.S. military intelligence strongly believes that the plane was brought down by a surface-to-air missile, as it flew at 33,000 feet packed with 298 souls over the war zone in eastern Ukraine.

The Russian news agency, Interfax, reports citing an industry source that a Malaysia Boeing 777-200ER from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia crashed near the Ukrainian and Russian border. The aircraft has been shot down, the agency subsequently added.

Four months since the loss of MH370’s Boeing 777-200ER Reg #9M-MRO, wherein 239 passengers and crew have vanished on a flight en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the devastated families and friends remain hopeful for the return of their loved ones, despite knowing the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, as solemnly announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on March 24, 2014.

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Photo Credit: Jimmy LWH

The cause of MH370’s disappearance remains a mystery, with investigators suggesting the plane was deliberately diverted from its course, but there was no way of knowing whether the pilots were responding to an emergency or whether there was malicious intent. Malaysia Airlines has said it believes everyone on board died, when the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

After four months, the human death tool now heaped upon Malaysia Airlines is 537 souls, one of the largest airliner passenger losses in modern aviation safety and security history. This is a devastating blow and brand crisis for the southeast Asia airlines firm. Four months ago, Malaysia Airlines had 15 Boeing 777-200ER airliner assets, spearheading the firm’s balance sheet. Today, we are sadden and devastated by the loss of two of these remarkable jets, once operated as Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, and once operating as Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.on March 8, 2014.

Today, we received this extremely sad news of loss of life through international aviation in such a short period of over four months. After weeks of an unprecedented international search in hopes of a rescue for 239 passengers and crew lost on MH370, and in hopes of a recovery of any debris from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER wreckage downed in the southern Indian Ocean on March 8, now we are once again so immediately faced on July 17 with the human death tool of an additional 298 passengers and crew lost on MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

Remarkably, this solemn day so soon of yet another aviation safety and security tragedy falls on the 18th anniversary of the downing of a Boeing 747-200 airliner, operated as TransWorld Airlines flight TWA 800, over Long Island Sound, off the coast of New York on July 17, 1996.

The Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said via Twitter: “I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.”

The Malaysian Defense Minister, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, tweeted that he was “monitoring closely” claims that MH17 had crashed, saying: “No confirmation [sic] it was shot down! Our military have been instructed 2 get on it!”

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announcing the ending of flight MH370 at Putra World Trade Centre. Also present were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (right). Photo Credit: Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia

This human tragedy and story has once again captivated the attention and hearts of people from all walks of life around the world. We are all anxiously feeling and praying for the lives of the 537 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines Flights MH370 and now MH17.

With the sad news tweeted moments after the July 17 MH17 Boeing 777-200ER airliner safety breach by Malaysian Prime Minister Razak, and the Malaysian Defense Minister, we must now further double-down on our fullest attention towards the devastated MH370 and MH17 families and friends grieving together for their 537 loved ones lost. These families and friends are forever united and bonded in their grief. Together, they must now come to terms with the sad reality of their loved ones’ passing in these two extreme aviation tragedies for Malaysia Airlines in just over four months.

May the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and now Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 families and friends be comforted in the knowledge that so many people around the world are praying for them at this extremely difficult moment and sad time. Our blessings and sympathies collectively around the world go out to all who are touched by the tragedies of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Once again,

Malaysia Airlines is now in the fog of the greatest dual-crisis in international aviation safety and security history,” I said recently on Reuters.

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