Malaysia Airlines jet crashes in Ukraine; official says 295 people 'shot down'
(CNN) -- A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, prompting a Ukrainian official
to say that the flight carrying 295 people had been shot down.
The Boeing 777 was "shot down" by "terrorists" operating a Buk surface-to-air missile system, according to a
Facebook post from Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.
The plane went down near the town on Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, according to the post,
as it flew at about 10,000 meters (32,000 feet).
"We do not exclude that the plane was shot down and confirm that the Ukraine Armed Forces did not fire at
any targets in the sky," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said, according to his website.
He also said he has expressed condolences to Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte about Flight 17, which
was headed from Amsterdam to Malaysia. He said he invites Dutch experts to participate in the investigation
of the crash, emphasizing that he does not call it an "incident" or a "catastrophe," but a "terrorist action."
There were 23 Americans on that jet! I wonder what Obama will do next?
I don't see it escalating that far, but I am not the smartest person to ask.
They have since been taken down off social media, but he did a google cache search and got them.