A passenger jet has crashed in eastern Ukrainian territory after being hit by a missile fired from a Buk Launcher. Ukrainian official, Anton Gerashchenko said 280 passengers and 15 crew members were onboard at the time. Reportedly, at least 100 bodies have been found so far and wreckage was scattered across a nine mile radius.
A witness said, “I was working in the field on my tractor when I heard the sound of a plane and then a bang and shots. Then I saw the plane hit the ground and break in two. There was thick, black smoke.”
Separatist rebels, who have been engaging in Ukrainian military in the area where the plane crashed, denied being involved in the attack. 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 for the terrorism.
Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, issued a statement on his website saying:
“We do not exclude that the plane was shot down and confirm that the Ukraine Armed Forces did not fire at any targets in the sky.”
Allegedly, there has been recent activity in the past few days, where the Ukrainian Air Force lost planes in the area after being shot down by rebels.
Authorities are still investigating the crash.
This tragic accident comes four months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on a flight to Beijing with 239 passengers onboard. That aircraft was a Boeing-777…the same kind of plane as flight MH17. That case still remains a mystery.