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July 18th, 2014
09:12 PM ET

Were red flags ignored in Malaysia Airlines flight 17 crash?

The United States says it knows who's responsible for the death of all 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 which was shot down on the Russia – Ukraine border en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The President of the United States weighed in Friday about where the pro-Russian rebels that the U.S. says are likely responsible for shooting down this plane, are getting their support.

"A group of separatists can't shoot down military transport planes, or they claim, shoot down fighter jets, without sophisticated equipment and sophisticated training and that is coming from Russia," Obama says.

Obama also confirmed that investigators from the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board will assist Ukrainian officials in the investigation.

One of the things they will be looking at is the MH17's flight path.

Why did Malaysia Airlines fly over such a dangerous area- one which several airlines chose to avoid?

CNN's Rene Marsh looks at the red flags that preceded this week's shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.


Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • MH17 plane crash • News
July 18th, 2014
09:04 PM ET

Remembering the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17

It's still not clear who brought down the Malaysia Airlines Flight that was shot out of the sky.

What we do know is horrifying enough.

Athlete, football fans, vacationing family among Malaysia Airlines crash victims

298 people, 80 children, including 3 babies are gone forever.

CNN's Jason Carroll profiles some of the passengers and crew lost when MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.


Filed under: International • MH17 plane crash • News
July 18th, 2014
08:58 PM ET

Man who lost friends in MH17 crash about to board same flight speaks

Family and friends of the 298 passengers who lost their lives aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 17 are struggling to make sense of the tragedy.

Instead of spending the night with their loved ones, they're left in a state of heartbreak, confused about why the plane was shot down.

At the same time, there was the haunting image of Flight 17 leaving Amsterdam Friday.

A Malaysia spokesperson says the airline has decided to keep the flight number in service, for now.

On Saturday, some Malaysia Airline customers will board in Amsterdam to make that same journey.

One of them is Roger Deslorieux who is OutFront.

 


Filed under: International • MH17 plane crash • News • Ukraine
July 18th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

International monitors denied access to complete MH17 crash site

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) - International monitors investigating the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine said Friday the team was not given full access to the site and was greeted with hostility by armed men guarding the scene.

"It basically looks like the biggest crime scene in the world right now, guarded by a bunch of guys in uniform with heavy firepower who are quite inhospitable," Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe team, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"And there didn't seem to be anyone really in control, for example. One of our top priorities was to find out what happened to the black boxes. No one was there to answer those questions."

The 21-member OSCE team arrived at the crash site near Torez in a remote section of eastern Ukraine that's controlled by pro-Russian militants who are battling the Ukraine government. The identity of the armed men at the site was not clear.

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Filed under: International • MH17 plane crash • News
July 18th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Toast a selfie onto your breakfast

Well, folks, it's come to this - it's now possible to put your selfie on toast. CNN's Jeanne Moos pops out of the toaster.


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