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UPDATE: Malaysian flight shot down by surface-to-air missile

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Photos of the aftermath of a Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine Thursday. (Courtesy AP) Photos of the aftermath of a Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine Thursday. (Courtesy AP)
Photo of the aftermath of a Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down and crashed in the Ukraine. (Courtesy AP) Photo of the aftermath of a Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down and crashed in the Ukraine. (Courtesy AP)
The flight path of the plane. (Courtesy flightaware.com) The flight path of the plane. (Courtesy flightaware.com)
Aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash over Ukraine. (Courtesy NBC Video) Aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash over Ukraine. (Courtesy NBC Video)
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -

A passenger plane carrying 295 -- 23 of those reportedly Americans -- was shot down by a surface-to-air missile Thursday morning and crashed in the Ukraine, killing all on board.

Both Ukranian and U.S. officials said Thursday afternoon the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in a terrorist attack.

The plane was reported to be carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew, and 23 of those were reported to be American passengers as listed on the manifest of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, according to NBC.

Malaysia Airlines sent out the following statement Thursday morning:

"Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with Flight MH17 at 14:15 (GMT) at 30 (kilometers) from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50 kilometers from the Russia/Ukraine border.

"Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777, departed Amsterdam at 12:15 p.m. Amsterdam local time, and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur National Airport at 6:10 a.m. Malaysia local time the next day.

"The flight was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew on board.

"More details to follow."

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