Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, has been shot down over eastern Ukraine, territory held by pro-Russian separatists. All 298 people aboard the plane died, with a 10 mile-wide area of debris now covering the area. The Ukrainian government has said the plane was shot down by a Russian BUK missile, while Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t denied claims that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk shot down the plane using Russian supplied missiles.
The plane was flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Questions have been raised as to why Malaysian Airlines decided to continue to fly planes over an area which has turned into a war zone this year. Other airlines quickly diverted their flights to avoid the area all together. The Dutch government has confirmed that 154 Dutch citizens were on the plane, as well as 9 Britons, and 27 Australians. One of the Dutch passengers, Cor Pan, chillingly uploaded a photo of the plane on Facebook before boarding, with the caption, “if it disappears, this is what it looks like”, a reference to the still-missing Flight MH370, also a Malaysian Airlines plane.