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LATEST UPDATE: Malaysia Airlines plane brought down by missile in Ukraine

(ABC) A Malaysia Airlines Passenger Jet with 295 people onboard crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border.
Ukrainian officials call the crash an act of terrorism.
U.S. Intelligence reports confirmed the flight was brought down by a missile.

Malaysian Flight 17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur.
The United States' government is verifying whether or not American citizens were on the flight.

Malaysia's Prime Minister says an investigation will begin immediately.

The fiery moment of impact a passenger jet with 295 people on board crashing this morning in Ukraine near the Russian border.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 -traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was believed to be flying at about 33,000 feet when airline officials say they lost contact with the Boeing 777.

At least one US official says analysis now shows that the plane was brought down by sophisticated missile, although it's unclear where it was fired from and who is responsible.

Experts say the pilot likely had no  time to react.

Stephen Ganyard
My guess is this came out of nowhere and there was absolutely no warning
The scene unfolding in the area where tensions between Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels and the Kremlin have been escalating.

In the past week- Ukraine claimed Russia shot down two of its military planes.  One factor behind President Obama's increased sanctions against Russia announced yesterday.

The president today saying the US will help with the crash investigation.
The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the passengers, wherever they call home

This another nightmare involving Malaysia Airlines just more than 4 months after  Flight 370 - mysteriously disappeared.

You get this sick feeling in your stomach. Families - now waiting for information as investigators make their way to the still scene.