Vice-President Joe Biden said the incident was "not an accident" and described the plane as having been "blown out of the sky." However, Biden cautioned that the U.S. was still seeking details about the cause of the crash and reports that there were American citizens aboard the plane.
- An Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the crash site
- The Federal Aviation Administration had warned U.S. pilots earlier this year not to fly over portions of Ukraine in the Crimea region, according to notices posted on the agency's website.
Both the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russia separatists it is fighting in the region denied shooting down any plane. The fate of the 280 passengers and crew was not immediately known.
The Malaysia Airlines plane is a Boeing 777-200ER, which was delivered to Malaysia Airlines on July 30, 1997, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets, which sells and tracks information about aircraft. It has more than 43,000 hours of flight time and 6,950 takeoffs and landings.