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Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:10

Local residents describe the sights and sounds behind the crash of a Malaysian airliner that left 295 people dead in eastern Ukraine. Nathan Frandino reports.

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What looks like a normal field in eastern Ukraine is now a charred graveyard. Airplane parts lie scattered while smoke drifts across the horizon. It was here near the village of Hrabove, where a Malaysian airliner was brought down Thursday. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) HRABOVE RESIDENT, ALEXANDER, SAYING: "I was in my house and heard a rumble, explosions - there were two explosions. I ran out of my house and there was black smoke, I thought my nephew was affected. I ran out and saw the black smoke." The crash killed all 295 people aboard. It also raised the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels. Ukraine has accused the rebels of shooting down the Boeing 777 with a heavy Soviet-era ground-to-air missile. Rebel leaders have denied involvement. As international investigators head to the crash site, a world is left wondering what exactly happened and why.

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Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:10