The path of Malaysia Air Flight 17
At 14:15 GMT (10:15 A.M. EST) on Thursday, Malaysia Airlines received notification that Ukrainian air traffic control had lost contact with Malaysia Air Flight 17. MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Reuters reports that the plan disappeared while flying at 33,000 feet above the conflict-torn territory.
The plane crashed about 30 miles from the Russian border, according to Malaysian Airlines. A Ukrainian interior ministry official said the plane was shot down by pro-Russian militants. All 295 people on board–280 passengers and 15 crew–were reported dead.
Reuters maps the path of the flight. The plane is not currently thought to have been in restricted air space when it crashed.
News of the flight comes four months after Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. The fate of that plane remains unknown.