Whatever the circumstance, 295 souls from several countries were to have been believed onboard, 280 passengers and 15 crew. A tragic day indeed for those who were en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
According to news sources the plane was flying at 33,000 feet and crashed near the town of Shaktarsk in rebel-held east Ukraine. Both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
It had left Amsterdam at 12:15 p.m. and was to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6:10 a.m. Friday. Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it received notification from Ukrainian authorities that it lost contact with the flight MH at 1415 GMT some 20 miles from the Tamak waypoint, approximately 30 miles from the Russia-Ukraine border.
It had been previously reported that there may have been a tweet sent by pro-Russian separatists on the ground that they had just indeed shot down a military plane, which unfortunately at this time, looks like it could have been the fateful Malaysian Airlines flight as the target.
There are many questions to be answered. One of which is why was Malaysian Airlines flying over such a dangerous zone when many airlines understood the danger and have intentionally avoided this airspace.
None-the-less, there is plenty of finger-pointing going around at this point. Putin denies any wrong-doing and the Ukraine says “it will present evidence of Russian Military involvement.”