LIVE: Malaysian plane crashes in Ukraine – updates

LIVE: Malaysian plane crashes in Ukraine – updates http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28360784

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LIVE: Malaysian plane crashes in Ukraine – updates
18 juli 2014 01:34

Key points

– A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashes in Ukraine, near Russian border

– The airline lost contact with Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur at 14:15 GMT

– There were 298 passengers and crew on board

– Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has described it as “an act of terrorism”

– Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels accuse each other of shooting down the plane

– All times in BST (GMT +1)

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LIVE TEXT
By Helen Dafedjaiye, Tessa Wong and Alastair Lawson

06:36
Dutch newspapers have the MH17 crash on their front pages. De Telegraaf has called it “a terrible murder”. The Netherlands lost the most number of people in the crash with 154 Dutch citizens onboard the plane.

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06:31
Malaysian Airlines just put out a statement saying MH17’s plane had “a clean maintenance record” and its last check was on 11 July. “The aircraft had a clean bill of health… All communication systems on the aircraft were functioning normally.”