Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down in Ukraine


Published 07/17 2014 10:48AM

Updated 07/17 2014 03:57PM

Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 295 people on board was shot out of the sky over Ukraine on Thursday by a surface-to-air missile, U.S. officials told NBC News.

U.S. intelligence analysts were trying to determine whether the missile was launched by separatists in Ukraine or by Russian forces positioned across the border from the crash site, the officials said.

Malaysia Airlines said that it lost contact with the plane, Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, about 30 miles from the Russian-Ukrainian border. Photos from the scene showed the blackened wreckage of the plane and bodies scattered in a field.

President Barack Obama said the U.S. government was working to determine whether Americans were on board.

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