A Malaysia Airlines airplane goes down over Ukraine.
An airplane crashed in the country of Ukraine on Thursday. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 left Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was headed east toward Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It went down as it got close to the border between Ukraine and Russia, near Torez, Ukraine. There were 298 people on board.
The plane was a Boeing 777 jet, one of the safest aircraft on the planet. An official from Ukraine said the jet was “shot down.” Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called it a “terrorist act.” He said Ukraine was not responsible.
There has been a conflict between Russia and Ukraine for months. There has been fighting in the area where the plane crashed. In order to stay safe, airlines said they will not fly over the area anymore.
World leaders are working to find out what happened. “It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,” said U.S. President Barack Obama. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the passengers, wherever they call home.”
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By Russell Kahn