A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 enroute from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has been shot down by a ground-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers/crew onboard are believed to be dead.
As Malaysian continues its struggle over the still-unsolved mystery of the disappearance of MH370, there is no mystery where this plane is: lying in a heap of smouldering rubble on the ground. What a sad testament to the frailty of life.
The aircraft was downed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, site of heavy fighting between government and pro-Russian separatist forces and also in the vicinity where rebels shot down a Ukrainian transport plane earlier this week.
Politically, we will soon find out whether it was Ukraine or rebel forces who shot down this plane, but does it matter for the families of the lost? 295 more people are dead and another Malaysian jetliner has been lost. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the fallen and the policymakers who are gauging a response that may bring many more deaths as a result of this tragedy than have already occurred.