LIVE UPDATES: Malaysia Airlines Plane Carrying 298 People Crashes in Ukraine
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has crashed near the Eastern Ukraine border with Russia. The Boeing 777 was reportedly carrying 298 people en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Russian news agency Interfax is reporting that a surface-to-air missile brought the passenger jet down and that all onboard are allegedly dead. Tune in to Fox News Channel for the latest coverage and keep checking here for updates.
UPDATE, 5:45p ET: Jennifer Griffin joined Shep to report on recent evidence to the contrary that suggests the rebels do have access to a Buk missile system. Click here for more info.
UPDATE, 3:18p EP: Shepard Smith shared footage taken by a handheld video camera or cell phone at the scene of the crash that allegedly shows the moment of impact when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed to the ground.
Watch the clip above.
UPDATE, 2:25p ET: President Obama briefly remarked on the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.
He said, “It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority.”
UPDATE, 1:55p ET: The manifest of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was carrying 295 passengers and crew when it was shot down over Ukraine, included 23 Americans, Fox News confirms.
UPDATE, 1:44p ET: State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said they "don't have any additional details at this point on American citizens" aboard the plane.
UPDATE, 1:25p ET: Shepard Smith reported that Ukrainian pro-Russia rebels say they didn't shoot down the airliner and blame Ukrainian armed forces.
UPDATE, 1:03p ET: The Associated Press reported:
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned initial reports of a downed passenger jet near the border with Russia during a phone call with Obama Thursday morning.
Earnest says the incident came up near the end of a call requested by Moscow to discuss sanctions the U.S. imposed Wednesday on Russia. Obama and Putin spoke before Obama left on a trip to Delaware and New York.
UPDATE, 12:34p ET: Journalists on the ground are reporting that "bodies are scattered for miles" around the smoky debris.
UPDATE, 12:17p ET: Malaysia's Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak tweeted:
I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) July 17, 2014
Malaysia Airlines tweeted:
Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.
— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) July 17, 2014
More from FoxNews.com:
A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border, according to multiple reports.
The airline, the same one whose plane disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March, confirmed only that "an incident" had occurred involving the Boeing 777, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.
“Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam," read a tweet from the airline. "The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow,” read a tweet from Malaysia Airlines’ account.
Multiple reports said the plane was shot down at cruising altitude. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister told The Associated press that the plane, carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew people onboard, was shot down.
Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.
The adviser also told Russian news agency Interfax that all onboard have been killed.
On March 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on a route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared somehwere over the ocean. It has not been found.
Earlier on Happening Now, Fox News military analyst Capt. Chuck Nash (Ret.) said, “Something happened that brought it down. Either (the aircraft) was controlled, and there was a surface-to-air incident. Or, there was something that happened on the aircraft.”
He added, “Probably a radar missile or radar was used at some point, even if subsequently an IR (infrared-guided) missile was launched. There was some kind of radar activity to target that aircraft. Now, when that happens, those (radar) signals are discoverable. We have electronic intelligence satellites that monitor areas all the time … I am sure that we are paying attention to electronic signals in the area, just out of general interest, because of the nature what’s going on in the Ukraine against that Russian border.”
Watch the clip below.