U.S. Official Says Malaysian Plane Was Shot Down By Missile

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July 17, 2014 5:02 p.m.

An unnamed American official has confirmed that the Malaysian passenger jet that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday was shot down, according to multiple media reports.

The official told CNN that a radar spotted a surface-to-air missile track an aircraft right before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed. According to the official, another system captured a “heat signature” right at the time the plane was struck.

CNN reported that the “United States is analyzing the trajectory of the missile to try to learn where the attack came from.”

All 295 passengers on board were killed.

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