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Malaysian Airlines plane crashes in Ukraine: What we know

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The last reported coordinates were 48.0887 38.6359, which place it over Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, an area which declared independence from Ukraine in May 11, 2014 referendum. The last reported coordinates were 48.0887 38.6359, which place it over Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, an area which declared independence from Ukraine in May 11, 2014 referendum.
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Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed in Ukraine on the border with Russia, according to reports. Here's what we know:

1. There were reportedly 295 passengers aboard MH17. There are no known survivors at this time.

According to reports, MH17 had a compliment of 280 passengers and 15 crew members onboard. According to FlightView, the aircraft was a Boeing 777-200 which has a capacity of up to 305 passengers in a three-class configuration, according to Boeing. It is not known which configuration this aircraft had.

2. Route: MH17 was flying from Amsterdam from Kuala Lumpur.

MH17 departed Amsterdam at 12:14 p.m. local time, and was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur on Friday 6:10 a.m. Malaysian time.

The last reported flight data for MH17 showed it traveling at 490 knots (564 miles per hour) at 33,000 feet.

The last reported coordinates were 48.0887 38.6359, which place it over Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, an area which declared independence from Ukraine in May 11, 2014 referendum.

3. Ukraine claims the plane was shot down by the Russian Buk missile system.

Anton Gerashchenko, Minister of Internal Affairs for Ukraine, posted to his Facebook page that the plane was shot down by the Russian Buk surface-to-air missile system, saying that "militant tanks" had appeared in the area Thursday morning.

4. FAA warned airlines to avoid Crimea because of the conflict.

The Federal Aviation Administration sent out a warning to airlines to avoid Ukrainian airspace, particularly Crimea, because of the rising tensions in the area on April 3. The report says the FAA will reevaluate the situation on June 30.

5. Other planes were reportedly shot down over Ukraine in recent days.

Ukraine claimed the Russian military "carried out a rocket attack on a Su-25 plane of the armed forces of Ukraine, which was on a mission in Ukraine," on Wednesday, according to Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, speaking on Thursday at a news briefing in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.

"Our plane was shot down."

Additionally, a Russian-made AN-26 cargo plane carrying food and water rations was reportedly shot down near Davydo-Nikolskoye, near the Russian border on Monday.

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