Algerian officials confirmed the crash of a passenger airliner earlier today in the desert near the border of Mali.
Algeria Air Flight 5017 carrying 110 passengers and six crew was en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital when it disappeared from radar over northern Mali.
Two Algeria fighter jets spotted the wreckage in the desert.
A Dutch passenger posted this image of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to his Facebook page before he boarded the plane.
Cor Pan, who was heading to Kuala Lumpur on vacation with his girlfriend Neeltje Tol, paused on the sky bridge to take this photo of the doomed plane. The caption reads, “If it disappears, this is what it looks like.”
As the reality of the tragedy set in, Pan’s Facebook friends expressed their grief and shared the post thousands of times.
One comment from a friend reads “Enjoy your holiday man.” Another FB user wrote “Rest in peace, cousin.”
MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine earlier today. 295 passengers and crew on board were killed.
23 Americans and 9 Brits were among the passengers on board MH17 when it was shot down.
Malaysia Airlines confirmed it lost contact with the Boeing 777 jet as it flew over the Ukraine from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Reporters at the scene were encouraged to take pictures of the bodies that lay scattered in a wheat field.
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A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew was shot down over the Ukraine, Fox News reports. The Boeing 777 was shot down at cruising altitude (above 30,000 feet) over the Ukraine. All 295 souls on board are dead. This is the 2nd tragedy to strike Malaysia Airlines since March, when one of its jets disappeared over the South Indian Ocean.
The MH17 Boeing 777 wide body jet was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was shot down. “The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow,” read a tweet from Malaysia Airlines’ Twitter account.
American planes are banned from flying over that region because of the risk of planes being shot out of the sky.
Six weeks after Malaysia Airlines MH370 vanished from radar, an exploration company believes it has found the plane’s wreckage.
The Adelaide-based exploration company, GeoResonance, believes the plane’s wreckage lies 5,000 kilometers north of the current search area in the south Indian Ocean in the Bay of Bengal.
A 15-year-old runaway survived a harrowing 5½-hour flight to Hawaii stowed away in the wheel well of a jumbo airliner on Sunday.
Aviation experts say the teen was probably unconscious soon after taking off from Mineta San Jose International Airport in California. He likely remained unconscious for most of the flight, according to the FBI.
A Facebook post that purported to be a reproduction of an old Malaysia Airlines ad went viral on social media websites over the weekend. The ad shows a Malaysia Airlines plane along with the advertising copy, “OUR NEW BOEING 777 – LOSE YOURSELF ON A JOURNEY OF EPIC PROPORTIONS.” According to Urban Legends, the ad is a hoax. But did we really need Urban Legends to tell us that?
The focus into the investigation of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is on the 2 pilots flying the plane.
British newspaper The Mirror reports Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah may have hijacked and crashed the plane in protest of Malaysia’s anti-homosexuality laws.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members when it went missing early Saturday morning, Mar. 8.