Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Earlier this afternoon, 295 innocent passengers went down in Ukraine, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down about 25 miles from the Russian border. Neither Ukrainian officials or pro-Russian separatists claim any responsibility for the incident, even though both parties are in conflict in the area and have been so for many months. The Boeing 777 was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.
Witnesses and investigators claim that the flight began to break down before hitting the ground, suggesting that the flight was shot down, although it has not been confirmed. Ukrainian president Poroshenko has called for an international investigation on the flight, claiming it as an act of terrorism. Conversely, pro-Russian rebels intend to conduct a cease fire to help aid in the investigation. The altitude of the flight at the time it went down suggests that a high powered missile and/or tracking system had to have been used to bring the flight down. Shoulder missiles would not have been able to each the flight at the time of its decline. A rebel leader warned online to not fly in their skies, could this be part of it?
For the family and friends of those on the flight, this is truly a tragic day. These passengers were not involved in the escalating conflict in the area, nor did they have any intentions in flying over Ukraine or Russia. President Obama made a statement, saying the crash is a terrible tragedy. Here at Sensible Reason we had a country-wide moment of silence for the victims. Check out more on the Ukrainian conflict here and stay tuned for updates.