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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