On July 17, 2014 at approximately 14:15 GMT, (9:15 a.m. EST) Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 lost contact with Ukrainian air traffic control as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. According to Malaysian Airlines, the flight carried 283 passengers and 15 crew.
The Boeing 777 commercial airliner was flying at about 33,000 feet over the Ukrainian/Russian border when it was shot down. The airline crashed in the Donetsk region near the town of Torez in eastern Ukraine.
As the investigation continues, Motley Rice aviation attorney and former U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo and Motley Rice aviation attorney Jim Brauchle have been discussing the tragedy with various news outlets, reviewing and analyzing new information as it becomes available. Learn more:
CNN (July 23, 2014): U.S. extends ban on flights into Israel's Ben Gurion Airport
CNN (July 23, 2014): Many flights soar over conflict zones
CNN (July 22, 2014): Ukraine says Russian officer pushed the button to shoot down MH17
CNN (July 21, 2014): Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Eight unanswered questions
CNN (July 20, 2014): Mary Schiavo: 'Families want four things'
CNN (July 19, 2014): MH17: Where are the black boxes?
WTOP Radio (July 18, 2014): Interview with Jim Brauchle
CNN Wire (July 18, 2014): 13 questions answered about Malaysia Airlines crash
CNN (July 17, 2014): Malaysia Airlines crash prompts flight detours
CNN (July 17, 2014): U.S. official: Missile shot down Malaysia Airlines plane