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Monday 22 September 2014

Timeline: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash

Published 17/07/2014 | 20:22

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In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014,  showing part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing flames rising from part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing flames rising from part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014,  people walk amongst the debris at the crash site after a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, people walk amongst the debris at the crash site after a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1

Flight MH17 departed from Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur this morning and, within three and a half hours, had crashed as it was allegedly shot down over an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

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11am GMT

Flight MH17 is scheduled to leave Amsterdam airport for Kuala Lumpur. It was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 6.10am (Malaysia time)

11.14am GMT

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 departed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur at 11.14am GMT with 295 people on board, fifteen people believed to be crew. The flight is reported to have departed fifteen minutes after its original departure time.

2.15pm GMT

The flight lost contact at and disappeared from the radar at 2.15pm GMT time as it flew over Ukrainian airspace.

Malaysia Airlines tweet that they have ‘lost contact’ with the plane. Their online message read; “Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow’.

2.30pm GMT

The airplane was flying at an altitude of 10km when it was allegedly hit by a missile. There are no survivors and bodies are believed to be strewn almost 15 kilometres apart.

The plane is reported to have crashed to the north of Torez in the Donetsk, an area that is controlled by pro-Russian separatists who are fighting the Ukrainian army.

Approximately 4.30pm

Images and footage from the scene, many showing bodies of passengers, begin to circulate the internet.

Approximately 5.30pm GMT

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirms that this is the third aircraft to have been downed in recent days, the other two aircraft were military airplanes that entered the reportedly restricted airspace.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he is ‘shocked by reports than an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation’.

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