Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Pictured above: A damaged Malaysia Airlines guide at the crash site

When: July 2014

Where: near Hrabove, Ukraine


In the February of 2014, a crisis in Crimea began when Russian military troops led by Putin began to annex the Ukrainian territory. Ukraine was extremely politically vulnerable at the time after a short revolution consisting of protests, shootings, and riots.

The annexation ended in late March but left behind many pro-Russian separatists with access to Russian military weapons. By then, many airlines had already changed flight paths to avoid flying over Crimea and the south-east area of Ukraine. Neither of those areas included the future crash site of MH17.

Three days before, a Ukrainian air force transport plane flying at over 21,000 feet was shot down. It was claimed via social media that it’d been shot down with a Buk missile launcher - the same missile found to have later crashed MH17. U.S. officials soon suggested that the missile had been fired from within Russian territory.

Two days before, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski warned people of the danger of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and their use of ground-to-air missiles.

Just one day before MH17 crashed, another Ukrainian air force was shot down. It was alleged by the Ukrainian government that Russian militants were responsible.

Flight and crash

On Thursday, 17 July 2014, 283 passengers and 15 crew boarded Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 at Amsterdam Airport from approximately 11 AM to 12 PM. The flight left the gate at 12:13 PM and departed at 12:31 PM.

The aeroplane flew over Germany and Poland before entering Ukrainian airspace. The following are photographs taken on the flight.

While flying over the region of Donetsk, Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a group of pro-Russian separatists who assumedly mistook the commercial passenger plane for a plane belonging to the Ukrainian air force.

All 298 people onboard died within ninety seconds of the hit. 57 of those passengers were children. Three of them were infants.


2014 Best Bulent Kilic Photography

The Guardian Picture Desk elected Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic from AFP as the best photographer of the year. Here is a look back on 2014 through his lens. Unrest in Ukraine to the refugee crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border through the plane crash of MH17 flight.

Ukraine update

Today, approximately at 4 P.M. a passenger plane “Malaysia Airlines” has been shot down by the terrorists in Donetsk oblast’

It crashed near Hrabove, which is a territory, currently under control of the terrorists.

About 280 passengers + 15 crew had lost their lives.

My family and I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those, who were on board of that plane.

UKRAINE, Hrabove : A pro-Russian gunman stands guard on November 10, 2014 next to parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80 kms east of Donetsk. The Netherlands was set to hold on November 10 an emotional ceremony for the victims of the MH17 flight shot down on July 17 over the separatist-held eastern Ukraine in July in a tragedy that brought the conflict in the ex-Soviet state to the international fore. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF