Publicat: 18 Iulie, 2014 - 08:54

Un avion al Malaysia Airlines s-a prăbuşit, joi, în regiunea Donețk din Ucraina, la 50 km de granița cu Rusia. Toți cei 295 de oameni de la bord (280 de pasageri și 15 membri ai echipajului) au fost uciși.

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, 50 kilometers from the border with Russia. All 295 people on boared (280 passengers and 15 crew members) were killed.

International passenger flights are avoiding Eastern Ukrainian airspace, following the crash of a Malaysian Airlines plane in Donetsk.

Airlines are also redirecting their flightpaths to avoid the area where flight MH17 crashed, according to Flightradar24.

A Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing-777 with over 280 passengers on board has crashed in Ukraine, close to the border with Russia. Both Kiev and the opposition deny involvement in the incident.

The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Geraschenko said the plane carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members fell.

Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that it lost contact with the plane when it was flying over Ukrainian soil from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace.

The passenger plane was expected to enter Russian airspace at 5:20 pm local time, but never did, said a Russian aviation industry source cited by Reuters.

Residents have reported finding debris from a plane, which they say could belong to the Malaysian Boeing. They said that several dozen dead passengers have been found, RIA Novosti reports.

Groups that are fighting Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine have rejected any involvement in the incident, as there are reports that the plane was shot down.

The Donetsk People’s Republic claims its self-defense forces simply don’t have such military equipment.

Donetsk People's Republic PM Aleksandr Boroday has called the incident a “provocation by the Ukrainian military.”

“We confirm that the plane crashed not far from Donetsk,” Boroday said. “Representatives of Donetsk People's Republic have headed to the scene of the plane search.”

“Self-defense forces have no air-defense, which could target transport aircraft at that height,” he told Interfax.

“We have only MANPADs (portable anti-aircraft missile complex) which hit targets at 3-4 kilometers,” Sergey Kavtaradze, representative for Donetsk People’s Republic PM, also told journalists.

Russia’s military also says none of its military planes were flying close to the Russia-Ukraine border on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported citing a military official.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has not ruled out that a Malaysian plane has been shot down.