Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 story unfolds on Twitter

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Malaysian Airlines used Twitter to post announcements on the crash of Flight #MH17, which was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members when it was reportedly shot down over eastern Ukraine earlier today. The plane had departed from Amsterdam and was bound for Kuala Lumpur. There are no known survivors.

The first confirmation that something was wrong came from Malaysian Airlines when they released the tweet below.

 

Within an hour Malaysian Airlines released another statement that Ukrainian ATC has confirmed loss of contact with Flight MH17.

According to a flight tracking app called Flightradar24, this map shows the area where MH17 was shot down.

Reported photos of the crash site and parts of the plane.

These were some of the first photos to appear on Twitter.

Accredited sources arrive at the crash site and post photos to Twitter.

This Reuters photo posted to Twitter quickly went viral.

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