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Air India flight was just 24km away when Malaysian airline crashed in Ukrain
Friday July 18, 2014 6:49 PM, Agencies

Data from airline tracker Flightradar24 shows Air India and other commercial flights were in the area at the time of the Malaysian airline crash over Ukrainian airspace.

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[A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)]

A Singapore Airlines flight and an Air India flight were around 24 km (15 miles) away, according to the data. Several other airlines have continued to fly the route, Reuters reported.

A Malaysia Airlines plane with 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board was "shot down" in Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday.

Citing sources, the Malaysian Star said that the Boeing 777, which was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was "shot down" while cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

It crashed in a conflict-hit zone near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the report said, adding the plane did not enter Russian airspace.

"MAS has lost contact with MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukraine airspace," the report quoted Malaysia Airlines as tweeting.

An Indian-origin steward and some of the world's top AIDS experts were among the 298 people killed.

An eyewitness spoke of the horror as online video shots showed debris on fire and a thick black plume of smoke rising from the crash site.

Before boarding the aircraft, Cor Pan, a Dutch national, posted a photograph of the plane on Facebook with a caption that said if the plane goes missing this is what it looked like. A number of people have commented and shared the picture.

The last glimpse of the Malaysia aircraft was also captured by Malaysian passenger Md Ali Md Salim moments before departure.

The 14-second video, which was uploaded on his Instagram account, showed other passengers stowing their luggage in the overhead compartment, the Malaysian Star reported.

In the caption of the Instagram video, the 30-year-old seemed to have expressed his jitters before flying home.

"Bismillah... #hatiadasikitgentar (In the name of God... feeling a little bit nervous)", read the caption of the video which has now been uploaded on YouTube and Facebook.


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