Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on July 17 at approximately 4:21 p.m. local time by a surface-to-air missile fired in a pro-Russian area of eastern Ukraine. All of the plane’s 298 occupants were killed in what Ukrainian officials are calling a terrorist attack. The victims of the crash include citizens from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, England, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The Boeing 777-200 aircraft operating as Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, departed from Amsterdam and was bound for Kuala Lumpur when it was tragically shot down near the town of Grabovo in East Ukraine at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet. By the time rescuers arrived on the scene, there was nothing to do but throw water on the smoldering wreckage. President Obama called the Malaysia Airlines crash and the loss of life a “global tragedy,” vowing to get to the bottom of how such a catastrophe could happen.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Updates
October 12, 2015
Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of MH17 Families
As MH17 families await a Dutch report on the downing of the ill-fated flight, wrongful death lawsuits have now been filed in the U.S. and in Germany. The MH17 lawsuits target both Russia and Ukraine, along with Malaysia Airlines.
December 18, 2014
Father of UK MH17 Victim Speaks Out
The father of an MH17 victim says families are still looking for closure as officials continue working to identify remains. The process has produced minimal results, and some families have been forced to wait months without being able to have a funeral for their loved one.
December 6, 2014
Malaysia to Participate as Full Member of MH17 Crash Investigation Team
Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai says his country will join the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash investigation team that will tackle the criminal investigation of the July crash in eastern Ukraine. He has expressed confidence that Malaysia’s participation will help the investigative team find vital evidence and bring the perpetrators of the shootdown to justice.
December 1, 2014
Mother of MH17 Victim Suing Ukrainian Authorities
The mother of a MH17 crash victim is suing Ukrainian authorities, claiming the country should have closed airspace in lieu of ongoing fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists. “Olga L.,” the mother of a German crash victim, is seeking $1 million for manslaughter and negligence. Proceedings in her case began last week.
October 30, 2014
Malaysia Transportation Minister: We Need Global Flight Tracking
In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in eastern Ukraine, Malaysia Transportation Minister Liow Tiong Lai is calling for improvements to global flight tracking and the sharing of aviation risks between governments and airlines.
September 9, 2014
Dutch Officials Release Preliminary Report on MH17 Crash
Dutch officials have released their preliminary report on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Based on the data they have been able to gather thus far, investigators say the Boeing 777 crashed after being hit by “high-energy objects.”
August 11, 2014
Dutch Investigators Leave MH17 Crash Site
Dutch officials investigating the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash are leaving eastern Ukraine, saying there is little left to be accomplished at the crash site. Fighting among pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military, as well as poor supervision of the crash site itself has left investigators with limited access to the wreckage. Investigators will resume their work back in the Netherlands.
July 31, 2014
Malaysian Prime Minister Travels to Netherlands, Calls for Cease Fire in Ukraine
Many remains and possessions of victims from the MH17 crash have still not been recovered from the site. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made his first official visit to the Netherlands where he called for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine so investigators would be allowed access to the crash site.
July 23, 2014
Netherlands Receives First Victims’ Bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash
Victims of the MH17 crash have begun to arrive in the Netherlands where a national day of mourning was observed. They are being transported to a facility for identification. Delays in recovering bodies from the crash site have sparked outrage from around the world.
July 21, 2014
Passenger Planes Shot Down in Recent History – in Wake of MH17 Shoot Down
In light of the recent Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 missile attack over Ukraine, it is important to review the previous incidents of passenger planes that have been shot down across the globe over the past 60 years. Notably, the last time a civilian plane was shot down was 13 years ago by the Ukrainian military, striking down a Siberian Airlines passenger jet from the sky.
July 18, 2014
AIDS/HIV Research Suffers Losses from Casualties of Flight MH17
Approximately 100 leading activists and scientists in the field of HIV/AIDS were onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine. They were traveling to Melbourne, Australia for the 2014 International AIDS Conference. Among them was leading AIDS expert Dr. Joep Lange.
July 18, 2014 | Washington, D.C.
American Identified in Malaysia Airlines Aftermath
American, Quinn Lucas Schansman, has been identified as one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. He was traveling to Malaysia for a family vacation. Another passenger with ties to the United States has also been identified.
July 18, 2014 | Sydney, Australia
MH17 Losses Mount for Families Across Australia from Flight 17 Crash
Grieving families across Australia are still reeling from the aftermath of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday. Twenty seven Australian natives have been identified among the passengers aboard the Boeing 777-200ER that was destroyed in the air over the small town of Grabovo, Ukraine.
July 17, 2014
Why Did Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Fly Over a War Zone?
Many people are left wondering why Malaysia Airlines flew over a known conflict zone. At least four Ukrainian military planes have been shot down in the area where MH17 crashed since June. Other airlines rerouted their planes away from Ukrainian air space months prior to the crash.
July 17, 2014 | Grabovo, Ukraine
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Shot Down in Ukraine Killing 298 People
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday by what appears to be a Russian made surface-to-air missile. All 298 people aboard the flight – including one American – were killed in what the Ukrainian government has called an “act of terrorism.” The Malaysia Airlines plane crash happened at around 4:21 p.m. near the town of Gravobo.