KIEV: On Thursday, a Malaysian airliner was crestfallen over eastern Ukraine by militants, killing all 295 people on board; a Ukrainian interior ministry official was cited as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
The other aircraft, which sources said was a Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down near the city of Donetsk, a stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, Anton Gerashchenko said, adding that it was hit by a ground-to-air projectile.
Malaysia Airlines stated on its Twitter feed it had lost contact with its flight MH-17 from Amsterdam. “The last known location was over Ukrainian airspace,” it read.
Interfax-Ukraine quoted another Ukrainian official as saying the airplane vanished from radar when it was flying at 10,000 meters (33,000 feet), a typical cruising altitude of airliners.
Untimely on Thursday, Ukraine has accused Russia of using up an active role in the four-month-old conflict in recent days and accused of shooting down a Ukrainian fighter jet – an accusation that Moscow contradicted.