Malaysian Airlines plane passenger MH17 is believed to have been shot down over Eastern Ukraine, near to the Russian border.
Body parts and wreckage are strewn over a 9-mile area. This suggests that the plane broke up in mid-flight.
The Ukrainian government says the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. It denied that it was involved in the shooting.
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have also denied shooting down the plane, but journalists there say they have seen a BUK missile launcher in the hands of rebels – the same missile launcher believed to have been used to shoot down Flight MH17.
Flight MH17, which was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew, was flying between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Airlines said they have no information about any survivors. In a tweet, the airline said: ‘Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.’
A Boeing spokesman said: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the Malaysia Airlines airplane lost over Ukrainian airspace, as well as their families and loved ones. ‘Boeing stands ready to provide whatever assistance is requested by authorities.’
The crash comes three months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which is though to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.
Two weeks ago, investigators say what little evidence they have to work with suggests the plane was deliberately diverted thousands of kilometres from its scheduled route before eventually plunging into the Indian Ocean.