Dramatic Photos: Malaysia Airlines Plane Crashes in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying 298 people crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, and the Ukrainian president said he could not rule out that it had been shot down.

84 photos
1/84
AFP/Getty Images
A firefighter stands as flames burst amongst the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people, including 154 Dutch nationals, on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in strife-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, an official from the carrier said.
2/84
AP
A picture of Steven Noreilde from Brasschaat, Belgium, a victim of flight MH17, lays next to a soccer shirt surrounded by flowers, at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Sunday, July 20, 2014.
3/84
AP
Ukrainian emergency workers carry a victim's body in a bag, at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 20, 2014.
4/84
AP
People hold candles during an event to mourn victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Separatist rebels in Ukraine have recovered the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a rebel leader said Sunday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
5/84
AP
A picture of Bryce Fredriksz, right, and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers, left, who died on flight MH17, is surrounded by flowers at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Sunday, July 20, 2014.
6/84
AP
An Ukrainian paramedic walks amongst charred debris at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 20, 2014.
7/84
AP
Malaysians pray during a special prayer for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Malaysia, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Malaysia's transport minister said the country is "deeply concerned" that the site in Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down with 298 people onboard "has not been properly secured."
8/84
AP
Emergency workers carry the body of a victim at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.
9/84
AP
Emergency workers carry the body of a victim at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.
10/84
AFP/Getty Images
An armed pro-Russia militant attempts to stop journalists from accessing the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
11/84
AFP/Getty Images
Local residents walk among the wreckage at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
12/84
Getty Images
Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) officers from Indonesian police collect the blood, the spittle and DNA sample, Widi Yuwono (3L), the brother of Yuli Hastini, who was a passenger of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, on July 19, 2014.
13/84
Getty Images
Students of Al Firdaus Senior High School pray for their teacher John Paulissen who was a passenger of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, on July 18, 2014.
14/84
AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Australian Ukrainian community hold placards carrying pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest rally in Sydney on July 19, 2014.
15/84
AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian rescue workers collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
16/84
Getty Images
Search and rescue specialists inspect at the crash area of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and downed close to Russia's border with Ukraine on July 17, near the Grabovo town, Ukraine on July 19, 2014.
17/84
AFP/Getty Images
Employees of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service carry the body of a victim past debris at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
18/84
AFP/Getty Images
A man wearing military fatigue stops traffic near the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
19/84
AFP/Getty Images
An airline envelope lays in a sunflower field near the village of Rassipnoe after of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
20/84
Getty Images
Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) officers from Indonesian police holds a picture of family passenger of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 during collect the blood, the spittle and DNA sample, Widi Yuwono (L), the brother of Yuli Hastini, in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, on July 19, 2014.
21/84
AFP/Getty Images
Flowers and plush toys are left at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
22/84
AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian rescue workers walk through a wheat field with a stretcher as they collect the bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
23/84
Getty Images
An unnamed woman weeps, for a friend who was on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, next to floral tributes adorning the entrance to Schiphol Airport in memory of the victims MH17 on July 19, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
24/84
Getty Images
Security forces guard as Alexander Boroday Donetsk Republic's Prime Minister holds a press conference about the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur downed on the Ukraine Russia border near the town of Shaktersk on July 19, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
25/84
Bloomberg via Getty Images
People light candles at a candlelight vigil for Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) flight MH-17 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Flags in Malaysia flew at half-mast after the nation's second air tragedy in four months, as Prime Minister Najib Razak urged citizens to pray for the country to be protected from disasters and threats.
26/84
Getty Images
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor meet family members of the MH17 victim on July 19, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
27/84
AP
Flowers are placed on a plane engine at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.
28/84
AP
A doll and other personal effects lie on the ground at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.
29/84
AP
The crash site of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, early Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.
30/84
AP
Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission, centre, gestures as he stands with mission representatives at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014.
31/84
AP
A woman walks at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014.
32/84
AP
Father Ng Siang Seng, left, and sister Angline of Hendry, a passenger of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, speak to journalists in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, July 18, 2014.
33/84
AP
People arrange candles to offer prayers for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014.
34/84
AP
A relative of Hendry, an Indonesian passenger of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, cries as he speaks to journalists in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, July 18, 2014.
35/84
AP
A Schiphol worker adjusts flowers people have placed outside Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Friday, July 18, 2014.
36/84
AP
Representatives from the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) delegation arrive, centre, as Pro-Russia fighters provide security, at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014.
37/84
AP
Workers inspect the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014.
38/84
AP
Representatives from the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) delegation inspect passengers' personal luggage collected at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014.
39/84
AP
Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014.
40/84
AP
A man covers a body with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014.
41/84
AP
A watch and a part of bracelet lie on a plastic cover at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014.
42/84
AP
A Pro-Russian fighter holding a white flag stands during a handover of the bodies of Ukrainian troops killed in a plane shot down near Luhansk, at a check point in the village of Karlivka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
43/84
AP
Aleksandr Borodai, Prime Minister of the self proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic', speaks at a news conference in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014.
44/84
AP
In this photo taken on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after a moment of silence mourning the victims killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crash on Thursday, July 17, in Donetsk region of Ukraine prior a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.
45/84
AP
Dutch Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten signs a condolence register at the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, July 18, 2014.
46/84
AFP/Getty Images
Akmar Binti Mohd Noor, 67, whose sister was onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam cries outside the family holding area at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014.
47/84
AFP/Getty Images
A firefighter stands as flames burst amongst the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people, including 154 Dutch nationals, on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in strife-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, an official from the carrier said.
48/84
AP
A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
49/84
AP
Fire engines arrive at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, as the sun sets Thursday, July 17, 2014.
50/84
AFP/Getty Images
A young girl places her head on a teddy bear as people light candles and place flowers in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev on July 17, 2014, to commemorate passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
51/84
AFP/Getty Images
Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the pro-Russian separatist "Donetsk People's Republic" Alexander Borodai (C) stands as he arrives on the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17, 2014.
52/84
Getty Images
Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic that declared its independence from Ukraine, arrives at the scene of the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border.
53/84
AFP/Getty Images
A firefighter sprays water to extinguish a fire, on July 17, 2014 amongst the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine.
54/84
Getty Images
Debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is shown smouldering in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border.
55/84
Getty Images
The front cover of the Herald Sun newspaper is seen at a news stall on Swanston Street on July 18, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
56/84
AP
A woman reacts to news regarding a Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014.
57/84
Getty Images
Relatives of the passengers was onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam, cry at the Family Friends Reception Centre in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia on July 18, 2014.
58/84
AP
A man reads a Chinese newspaper carrying a headline story and pictures of Thursday's Malaysia Airlines plane shot down, at a restaurant in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014.
59/84
Getty Images
A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows the wreckages of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it was downed close to Russia's border with Ukraine, near the town of Donetsk, Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
60/84
Getty Images
A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows the wreckages of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it was downed close to Russia's border with Ukraine, near the town of Donetsk, Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
61/84
AP
People hold candles and place flower tributes placed outside the Dutch embassy to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
62/84
Getty Images
A family member cries as she receives the news of the ill fated flight MH17 on the phone on July 18, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
63/84
AP
A relative of passengers on flight MH17 cries as he waits in a bus to be transported to an unknown location to receive more information, at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
64/84
AFP/Getty Images
First-aid workers gather on July 17, 2014 on the site of the crash of a malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine.
65/84
Getty Images
Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is shown in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border. A white ribbon marks the remains of a body.
66/84
AP
A Malaysia Airlines jet with 295 people on board crashed Thursday in the hostile eastern region of Ukraine, near the Russian border, and a Ukrainian government adviser said that it had been shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
67/84
Getty Images
Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is shown smouldering in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border.
68/84
DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
Malaysia Airlines said that Ukrainian authorities lost contact with the plane, Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, about 30 miles from the Russian-Ukrainian border.
69/84
DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
The apparent crash of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner in Ukraine came on the 18th anniversary of another huge aviation disaster: the midair explosion and crash of TWA Flight 800 into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island. All 230 people on board the Boeing 747-100 were killed in the July 17, 1996, tragedy.
70/84
AFP/Getty Images
Flight 17, a Boeing 777, had 280 passengers and 15 crew on board. It was almost three hours into an 11½-hour flight and was at about 33,000 feet at last report. Royal Dutch Airlines said that it had sold some tickets for the flight under what is known as a code-share agreement. Families of those aboard began gathering at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
71/84
DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
A report by the Russian news agency Interfax said that the crash Thursday was in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, among the most volatile regions in the world. Pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian security forces there for months.
72/84
AFP/Getty Images
A report by the Russian news agency Interfax said that the crash was in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine where Pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian security forces.
73/84
AFP/Getty Images
Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on his Facebook page that the plane was hit by a Russian surface-to-air missile known as a Buk. The type of missile can hit a target far higher than Flight 17 was flying.
74/84
AP
The “Manpads,” or shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, commonly used by footsoldiers in modern conflicts are capable of taking down passenger jets like the 777. But shoulder-fired missiles are largely ineffective above 20,000 feet. Flight 17 was traveling two miles higher, according to Ukrainian officials.
75/84
AP
The Associated Press reported earlier this week that it had seen a Buk system on the ground in a separatist-controlled area of eastern Ukraine. The separatists denied responsibility. The separatists were quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax as saying that they had found the “black box” flight recorder.
76/84
AFP/Getty Images
Andrey Tarasenko, a witness and miner who was walking home from work with a friend, said that he saw a white trail go up from the ground, then heard an explosion two seconds later, then saw smoke risking from the ground 10 seconds after that. He said he was about three miles away. “You know how you see a trail from a plane — it was the same, but it was a missile launched from the ground,” he said.
77/84
AFP/Getty Images
In the chaotic early hours after the plane went down, the separatists and the Ukrainian government each said the other had shot it down. A Ukrainian interior ministry official said that pro-Russian separatists had downed the plane, and a leader of the separatists, Aleksander Borodai, said that it was the Ukrainian air force.
78/84
AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian President Poroshenko initially labeled it a “terrorist act,” according to his press secretary, but later put out a statement that called for an international investigation into the cause of the crash.
79/84
AFP/Getty Images
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said his government was investigating. The defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said that there was no confirmation that the plane had been shot down. He said on Twitter that the Malaysian military had been instructed to “get on it.”
80/84
AFP/Getty Images
Pro-Russian rebels fighting central Kiev authorities claimed on Thursday that the Malaysian airline that crashed in Ukraine had been shot down by a Ukrainian jet. The head of Ukraine's air traffic control agency said Thursday that the crew of the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in the separatist east had reported no problems during flight.
81/84
AFP/Getty Images
Evan Kohlmann, an NBC News terrorism analyst, said that shooting down a 777 at 33,000 feet would require “access to serious military equipment,” he said, “The chances this was done by a conventional terrorist group like al Qaeda or something like that is almost nonexistent,” he said.
82/84
AFP/Getty Images
Delta Air Lines, the German airline Lufthansa and two Russian airlines said that they would stop flying over the region. Lufthansa said that it would use a “wide detour,” and that four of its flights Thursday were affected by that change.
83/84
AFP/Getty Images
The Boeing 777 had one of the best safety records in the industry. No one was killed aboard that model until in July 2013, when a 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crash-landed in San Francisco, resulting in three deaths. Flight 370, which was also a 777, disappeared March 8.
84/84
AP
In this photo taken with a mobile phone provided by Andrei Kashtanov, smoke rises from where a Malaysia Airlines commercial plane crashed in eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Contact Us