First Photos of Malaysia Airlines MH17 Crash Site Shared on Twitter

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By Christine Jane Caparras | July 18, 2014 8:41 AM EST

Within minutes after reports came out that another Malaysia Airlines aircraft has lost contact with air traffic controllers and the confirmation that it has been shot down over Ukrainian airspace, social Media site Twitter has erupted with a slew of graphic images from the crash site. The flight is identified as MH 17 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

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The site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash is seen at the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said.

Malaysia Airlines has released a statement on its Facebook page confirming that flight MH17, a Boeing 777 which departed from Amsterdam at 12:15 Amsterdam local time has lost contact with Ukrainian Air Traffic Control at 14:15 GMT while it was approximately 50 kilometres from the Ukraine-Russia border.

The crash site has been located approximately 60kms from the border and graphic images have surfaced from various sources on the social networking site, Twitter.

A photo posted by @CNNPhotos shows a piece of a plane's fuselage large enough to identify the markings on its side to be those of a Malaysia Airlines aircraft with the customary red and blue stripes.

@ReutersAero meanwhile, posted a photo of an armed pro-Russian separatist looking over the wreckage. It is still unclear whether the separatist group is involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, @HuffPostUK tweeted that one of the passengers known only as Cor Pan apparently tweeted from Amsterdam airport with an image of the Malaysia Airlines plane with the caption: ""If it disappears, this is what it looks like"

@Mashable also tweeted a screen grab from Russian television of a news report showing graphic images from the wreckage with blurred out bodies of the passengers lying on the ground.

The plane is confirmed to have carried 280 passengers and 15 crew members as stated in the Malaysia Airlines Facebook statement about the incident.  All 295 people onboard are presumed dead.

Twitter user Izzat Nazli with Twitter handle @theonlywannn has posted a photo of what he says is the crew list from the ill-fated plane.

Meanwhile, @NATOsource has tweeted a photo of BUK surface to air missiles which are the same type that are suspected to have been used to shoot down the MH17 airliner.

The Wall Street Journal through the Twitter handle @WSJ also posted a photo showing flames being put out of an area of the crash site.

The President of Ukraine has denied any involvement in the incident and both the Ukrainian and Malaysian governments have issued statements stating that they will be launching an immediate investigation. 

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(Photo: REUTERS / Maxim Zmeyev)
The site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash is seen at the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said.
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