Malaysian Airliner shot down leading to 200 deaths
USA Today has just reported that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was shot down near the Russian border a day after a Ukrainian military jet was shot down as well. The airliner manifest included 23 Americans. The Boeing aircraft was bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. Reuters reporter reported seeing burning wreckage as well as bodies strewn over the debris field.
This attack led to continued finger pointing between Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government. Reuters reports that Eastern Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Borodai said that that Ukrainian military force shot the jet down, however Kiev denies any involvement.
“The President of Ukraine on behalf of the State expresses its deepest and most sincere condolences to the families and relatives of those killed in this terrible tragedy,” said a statement released by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office. “Every possible search and rescue effort is being made.”
“It wasn’t the separatists, although Russia will try to blame them, or blame the Ukrainians.”-Retired Army Lt. Col Ralph Peters
Fox News’s retired Army Lt. Col Ralph Peters claims it is unlikely the Russian military would have put missile batteries capable of knocking a plane out of the sky at such an altitude in the hands of rebels.
“It wasn’t the separatists, although Russia will try to blame them, or blame the Ukrainians,” Peters said. “The Russians have not given the separatists complex, high-altitude air-defense systems. If this airliner was flying at 34,000 feet or any altitude close to that, it was shot down by Russian military air-defense systems perched on the Ukrainian border.”
Russian forces has been shooting down Ukrainian military aircraft for the past few weeks and possibly mistook the airliner for a military aircraft. Malaysia Airlines first reported, “Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,”
Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.
— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) July 17, 2014
Just an hour ago Malaysia Airlines released a media statement:
White House officials have remained silent on details of the incident as well as any possible U.S. response to those responsible. This is not the first time the Airlines faced a disaster.
On March 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, also a Boeing 777 and carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on a route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared somewhere over the ocean. It has not been found.
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