Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shown smouldering in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on Thursday over eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board — nearly 200 of them were Dutch. There are no known survivors.
U.S. officials believe the plane was downed by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists. It may have been mistaken for a Ukrainian air force cargo plane.
World leaders are demanding an immediate investigation.
3:15 p.m. ET: An eyewitness at the scene
Here amid the broken bits of plane were twisted bodies, dismembered corpses and flattened flesh. Some were missing pieces of clothing. There was very little left; the most human component of the scene was the banal possessions of those on board.An asphalt road stretches across these flat plains and, when we got there, different groups of people were milling around. Some teenagers and older men clustered around a few houses at the edge of the field, talking to press and smoking. Emergency services had set up tents, but there was little they could do, given that all the passengers on the plane had died.Though they carried weapons, soldiers did little to patrol the area. Both soldiers and emergency service personnel refused to talk to the press. What looked like a group of miners walked down this long, straight road as if on a vigil, seeming to mourn the dead. They, too, refused to speak to the press.
2 p.m. ET: Bodies rain from the sky
12:48 p.m. ET: Heavily armed rebels block OSCE inspectors from entering crash site
BREAKING: Shots fired by rebels at international team of investigators (OSCE) in Ukraine as they approach plane wreckage, via @KiritRadia— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) July 18, 2014
.@HarrietSalem at crash site: OSCE denied access by armed separatists; say bodies are starting to bloat and decay, expert team needed fast— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) July 18, 2014
12:10 p.m. ET: Obama says one U.S. citizen on board
Pres Obama calls the downing of MH17 "an outrage of unspeakable proportions". At least one American among the dead. pic.twitter.com/idV6heqWZd— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) July 18, 2014
11:45 a.m. ET: The Netherlands' disproportionate death toll
Scale of #MH17 disaster is horrific for people of Netherlands: Number of victims relative to total population is same as 9/11 for U.S.— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) July 18, 2014
11 a.m. ET: U.S. diplomat points finger at pro-Russian rebels
UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ US envoy to UN: Missile fired on plane likely shot from separatist-held area in East Ukraine.— Ken Thomas (@AP_Ken_Thomas) July 18, 2014
10:45 a.m. ET: No U.S. citizens on MH17 manifest
10:30 a.m. ET: The rebels speak about their missile system
Nearly 24 hours after the crash rebels admit they do have a Buk 1/2— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) July 18, 2014
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