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US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile

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Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:47 PM by Lolita C. Baldor
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 4:47 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: ukraine, russia, malaysian airline, missile

WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine Thursday.

The official says the U.S. is still working to determine additional details about the crash, including who fired the missile and whether it came from the Russian or Ukraine side of the border. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. has sophisticated technologies that can detect missile launches, including the identification of heat from the rocket engine.

The plane was carrying 295 people. The Ukraine government and pro-Russian separatists who are fighting in that region have both denied responsibility for the strike.

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