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July 17, 2014 12:58 PM Malaysian Airlines Plane Crashes in Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

By Ed Kilgore

In breaking news, a Malaysian Airlines flight with 280 passengers and 15 crew on board has crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. At least one unofficial report from a source in the Ukrainian government via Russian media suggests the plane was shot down, but there’s no real confirmation of that scary scenario.

The flight was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, and was last heard from over Ukrainian airspace.

Thoughts and prayers for the passengers. Let’s hope the initial reports are wrong.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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