Malaysian Passenger Plane Goes Down Near Ukrainian-Russian Border

News Brief — July 17, 2014

Smoke rises above the crash site of what is thought to be the Malasia Airlines Boeing 777. Click to enlarge

Smoke rises above the crash site of what is thought to be the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Click to enlarge

A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board has reportedly gone missing on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The plane’s last reported position was near the Ukrainian-Russian border and fears are mounting that it may have fallen prey to the ongoing conflict in the region.
The Interfax news agency cited an aviation industry source as saying that the plane, a Boeing 777, had crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday.
According to the Interfax report, the plane came down 50 km (20 miles) short of entering Russian airspace. It “began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory,” the unnamed source said.
A separate unnamed source in the Ukrainian security apparatus, quoted by Interfax, said the plane disappeared from radar at a height of 10,000 metres after which it came down near the town of Shakhtyorsk.
Shakhtyorsk is in an area where Ukrainian government forces have been fighting pro-Russian rebels.
An advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Anton Gerashenko, says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a BUK launcher, the Associated Press reports.
The BUK is a Russian made air defence system that Ukraine’s forces also have in their inventory.
Also known as SA-17 GRIZZLY, the BUK is a mobile anti-aircraft system mounted usually on a tracked vehicle or truck that can simultaneously track and strike six targets flying from different directions and at different altitudes.
As the plane had not entered Russian airspace it should still have been following the directions of Ukrainian air traffic controls. Although this would have taken it over an area of ongoing military conflict, aviation experts say that this would have been standard  proceedure.
For their part pro-Russian militia have denied any involvement in bringing down the Malaysia Airlines Boing 777. Nonetheless, they are already being accused of shooting down the plane by the Western media and by Ukraine’s Security Service chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, who says he has “unconditional evidence” that Russia was involved in downing the plane.
All of which begs the question: could this be yet another false flag intended to provoke outrage and open the way for direct Western military intervention in Ukraine?

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