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UPDATE

I want to thank everyone for sticking with me on this. Pretty much as expected, Russia, the Rebels and Ukraine have all blamed each other for what happened. There are no reports of survivors, and the descriptions of the scene are gory and disturbing. This is going to set off a series of events that could probably be predicted by someone smarter than me.

I need to get back to work, so I will no longer be updating this diary minute by minute. If I see something huge, I'll add it. Please feel free to continue the discussion here or on the front page diary.

Thank you.

(CNN) -- A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday.
The jet is a Boeing 777, according to Interfax.
The plane reportedly went down near the border between Russia and Ukraine.
There are rumors of it being shot down. I'm sure both Ukraine and Russia will try to play the "I didn't do it, but the might have" game.

So far no reports of any survivors or images to pass along.

Updates below

Edit: right after I publish I see this Tweet.

Al Jazeera America @ajam
 BREAKING: Adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister says passenger plane carrying 295 shot down - @AP

8:46 AM PT: Mashable is reporting that Ukraine Officials say that rebels shot the plane down.

8:49 AM PT: This link shows an image to where the plane was last reported. I'm copy it into the diary, but I have no idea how.

http://mashable.com/...

8:50 AM PT: ABC is on live right now with updates. I can't watch, but you can!

http://abcnews.go.com/...

8:51 AM PT: michaelscherer @michaelscherer

 CNN's Barbara Starr reports Pentagon believes Russian side fired missile that took out separate Ukrainian cargo plane on Monday.

8:53 AM PT: Michael Calderone  @mlcalderone

 AP journalists saw similar launcher “near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.” bit.ly/1tW6Sjo

8:53 AM PT: From JRooth:

MOSCOW, July 17. ITAR-TASS. Boeing 777 passenger airplane of Malaysia Airlines crashed on the territory of Ukraine in 60 km from the Russian border. According to Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise, there were 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers on board and all of them are believed to be dead.

A source in air traffic control circles said earlier that there were no Russian citizens on board.

According to information available, the plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The source noted that the airliner flying at the altitude of more than 10 thousand meters was supposed to enter the Russian air space at 17:20 Moscow standard time (13:20 UTC).

(for the link, see comments)

8:55 AM PT: MT @hdevreij: Airliners now taking evasive action to avoid e. #Ukraine airspace. Ex.: Flight TG921 Thai Airways pic.twitter.com/CttSAnHCh4 #MH17

8:57 AM PT: Julia Ioffe @juliaioffe

 Donetsk People's Republic denies involvement in downing of Malaysian airliner. pressimus.com/Interpreter_Ma… via @lindakinstler

8:59 AM PT: Mark White @skymarkwhite

 BREAKING - US officials believe a Ukrainian cargo plane, shot down on Monday, was shot by missile from Russian side of the border - CNN

9:06 AM PT: Igor Bobic @igorbobic

 McCain on Malaysia plane: "Leap to conclusions can be very embarrassing and very inappropriate until we have more information"

9:06 AM PT: Stratfor @Stratfor

 An advisor from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that separatists fired a missile from a 9K37 Buk launcher, @interfaxua said.

9:07 AM PT: Reuters World  @ReutersWorld

 #BREAKING: Ukraine prime minster orders investigation into Malaysian "airplane catastrophe", says plane was en route from Amsterdam

9:09 AM PT: Josh Kraushaar @HotlineJosh

 NBC: "highly likely we will see many nationalities on this plane"... both Amsterdam/Kuala Lampur Europe/Asia transit hubs.

9:11 AM PT: Reuters Top News  @Reuters

 #BREAKING: Reuters correspondent on the scene in Eastern Ukraine sees burning wreckage of air plane, bodies on ground

9:14 AM PT: In the most anticipated quote of the day

Igor Bobic  @igorbobic

 McCain on Malaysia plane: “If it is a result of separatists or Russian actions…I think there’s going to be hell to pay."

9:16 AM PT: Ukraine wins in the "it wasn't me" contest.

The Associated Press @AP

 BREAKING: Ukraine president: `Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets'

9:19 AM PT: Reuters Top News  @Reuters

 #BREAKING: Emergency Ministry official on site says body parts scattered around up to 15 km from crash site, at least 100 bodies seen

9:19 AM PT: NBC Nightly News  @NBCNightlyNews

 NEW: President Obama has been briefed on the Malaysia Airlines plane situation, White House says

9:21 AM PT: As expected

Reuters World @ReutersWorld

 #BREAKING: Eastern Ukraine separatist leader Alexander Borodai says airliner shot down by Ukrainian gov. forces, Kiev denied involvement


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