Live Updates on MH17: Emergency Services Have Little to Do at Crash Site

Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shown smouldering in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border.

Mash is following the latest reports on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. See our previous coverage here.
3 things you need to know:
  • 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.

  • REPORTERS IN UKRAINE: Christopher Miller (@christopherjm) | EDITORS ON DUTY IN NEW YORK: Amanda Wills (@AmandaWills), Brian Ries (@moneyries), Chris Taylor (@futureboy) & Louise Roug (@louiseroug)

    3:15 p.m. ET: An eyewitness at the scene

    Christopher Allen, a freelance journalist at the crash site in Grabova, Ukraine, tells Mash: “I have never seen anything so horrifying.”
    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

    Local residents tell Reuters of a horrifying scene as the plane broke apart in the skies above.
    Residents in Rozsypne, Ukraine speak of a loud explosion, followed by "objects ... falling out of the sky."
    One of those objects, a woman's naked body, crashed through the roof over 65-year-old Irina Tipunova's house. "The body's still here because they told me to wait for experts to come and get it," she says.

    12:48 p.m. ET: Heavily armed rebels block OSCE inspectors from entering crash site

    Inspectors from OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) arrived by car to the crash site on Friday, and rebels denied their entrance, firing warning shots into the air, according to various reports from journalists and photographers who are on the ground.

    Despite reports that said they were fired at, the organization tweeted that those were incorrect.

    A photographer tweeted that he saw the rebel commander fire a warning shot when two inspectors left the road to inspect a part in a field.
    Citing reporter Harriet Salem, The Guardian is reporting that the heavily armed rebels blocked the team of 30, all of whom were there to investigate the site.

    The inspectors have since left the site for Donetsk.
    The crash site of Flight 17 is located in an area that pro-Russian separatists have controlled for months, and they were first on scene after the plane went down.

    12:10 p.m. ET: Obama says one U.S. citizen on board

    President Obama delivered a statement on the situation in Ukraine on Friday, calling the downing of the jet "an outrage of unspeakable proportions," and announcing that at least one U.S. citizen had been on board the plane.

    The American citizen had dual nationality and was also a Netherlands citizen. In the noon speech from the White House Brady Room, Obama called the downing of the jet "a wakeup call" for the world and called on on Russian President Putin to deescalate the conflict. “It is not possible for these separatists to function the way they are functioning” without Russian help, he said.
    Russia and the separatists “must adhere to an immediate ceasefire” to allow for investigation of shoot down, he said.

    11:45 a.m. ET: The Netherlands' disproportionate death toll

    Dutch Embassy MH17

    Russian and Dutch citizens light candles and lay flowers in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands for passengers, died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur at close to Russia's border with Ukraine, in Moscow, Russia on July 18, 2014.

    The Netherlands is a particularly small country with just 16.8 million people.
    But there was a devastatingly large portion of Dutch citizens on board the Malaysia Airlines plane — 189 passengers claimed Dutch citizenship — meaning the crash claimed “a greater share of the country's population than the September 11th attacks did in the US,” Vox reported.
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tweeted that the scale of the disaster was “horrific” for the Dutch people.

    11 a.m. ET: U.S. diplomat points finger at pro-Russian rebels

    The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the Malaysia Airlines plane was "likely downed by a surface-to-air missile ... operated from a separatist-held location in eastern Ukraine."

    10:45 a.m. ET: No U.S. citizens on MH17 manifest

    Neither Malaysia Airlines nor U.S. officials believe any American citizens were on board the doomed flight, contradicting an earlier rumor — reported by Interfax — that there were 23 U.S. citizens on the flight. President Obama said on Thursday it was his "first priority" to find out if any Americans were on board.
    The majority of those killed in the downing of the jet have been identified. The identities of four passengers remain unknown.

    10:30 a.m. ET: The rebels speak about their missile system

    KIEV, Ukraine — Nearly 24 hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in embattled eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels who have had a stronghold on the area for months admitted they have the type of weapon capable of downing a Boeing 777.
    As first reported by AP's Nataliya Vasilyeva, Pavel Gubarev, the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People's Republic, said the militia does have a "Buk" missile system, but it is faulty.

    U.S. officials, meanwhile, are starting to believe that pro-Russian separatists were in fact behind the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported. “There are still a lot of questions,” an official said. Among them, officials want to know if any Russian forces were at the scene of the SA-11 missile launcher when it was fired.

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