Witnesses may have seen missile hit plane

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 18:  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. Air Malaysia flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed on the Ukraine/Russia border near the town of Shaktersk. The Boeing 777 was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew  (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images) (Rahman Roslan, 2014 Getty Images)
Reaction In Kuala Lumpur As Air Malaysia Plane Crashes In Eastern Ukraine (Rahman Roslan, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/17 3:58 pm

HRABOVO, Ukraine (AP) — Russian news agencies have quoted witnesses as saying they saw a plane being hit by what they thought was a rocket today over Ukraine.

But both Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia rebels are denying they fired a missile that brought down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 295 people aboard.

The plane crashed in eastern Ukraine, about 25 miles from the Russian border. An Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site, which covers a wide area.

The wreckage is in a village that is currently under the control of pro-Russia separatists. It's seen severe fighting between separatists and government troops in recent days.

Aviation authorities in several countries, including the FAA in the United States, had issued warnings not to fly over parts of Ukraine prior to today's crash. Within hours, several airlines, including Lufthansa and KLM, released statements today saying they were avoiding parts of Ukrainian airspace.


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