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A civilian jetliner crashed in Iran shortly after take-off from Tehran Airport, about an hour after Iran fired missiles at Iraq bases that house U.S. troops.

The crash killed all 176 souls on board the Ukrainian airliner early Wednesday morning local time.

Among the dead are 3 British citizens, 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 3 Germans, and 10 Swedes.

Video footage shows smoldering wreckage at the crash site shortly after dawn on Wednesday.

Safety experts said the plane crash was caused by engine problems that were unrelated to the missile attack on Iraq military bases. The airline said the pilot did not declare an emergency.

There were no American casualties or injuries in the missile attacks. The damage was minimal after the Iranians fired 15 ballistics missiles at the Iraqi bases where U.S. troops are stationed.

According to published reports, the missiles struck 2 empty bases in Iraq. The Pentagon was warned before the start of the attack and the bases were cleared of U.S. personnel before the missiles struck.

President Donald Trump assured Americans in a tweet regarding the missile attack late Tuesday night.

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Torrey Ward

Illinois State Associate Head Coach Torrey Ward was among 7 passengers killed in a plane crash near Bloomington airport early Tuesday.

Torrey and five others were traveling on Scott Bittner's private plane on the way back home after attending the NCAA tournament title game in Indianapolis on Monday.

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Algeria airline

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.

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Cor Pan Facebook

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.

CAUTION: Graphic photos after the break!

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Malaysia Airlines Passenger Jet Shot Down

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.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Artwork

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.

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Mysterious object washed up on beach

A mysterious object that washed up on a beach in the Maldives Islands could be a fire extinguisher bottle from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

The object, which police described as a naval sea mine, washed up on the beach near Baarah on Monday, Islanders tell Haveeruh.com.

But some are speculating that the object is a Halon extinguisher bottle like the type used in aircraft cargo holds to extinguish fires.

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Zaharie Ahmed Shah

The pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 showed "striking" behavioral changes on the night before his plane vanished en route to Beijing, China.

Security guards posted at the gate of Captain Zaharie Ahmed Shah's exclusive community in Laman Seri say they were accustomed to seeing Shah greet them when entering or leaving his residence.

Headlines Today newspaper in India spoke with one of the guards who said Shah, 53, usually greeted them with a Muslim style salutation as if he was saying Salam to him. But on the night of March 7, Shah saluted the security guard military style.

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