A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur appears to have crashed in the Ukraine near the border of Russia. Early reports indicate the Boeing 777 plane may have been carrying as many as 295 people. Plumes of smoke are rising from the crash site and the cause of the crash is yet unknown although some reports indicate the plane may have been shot down by a surface to air missile. According to Reuters, the plane appears to have crashed in an area of military conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists.
Earlier this year the crash of another Boeing 777, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 generated weeks of media coverage as the flight, carrying 12 Malaysian crew and 227 passengers mysteriously disappeared from radar. The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 involved numerous nations and was one of the largest combined search efforts in history. Currently, the crash site of Flight 370 remains unknown.
By Alana Marie Burke