Missile Hits Malaysian Passenger Plane

A Malaysian passenger airline with 283 passengers and 15 crew members aboard was shot down and crashed in rebel-controled eastern Ukraine.

 
Ukrainian officials claim pro-Russian separatists are behind the attack.

Flight MH17, which was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, a U.S. official told the Washington Post. The U.S. has called for an immediate investigation.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko contends the tragedy was a "terrorist action." Russian President Vladimir blames the crash on Ukraines military campaign.

Freelance journalist Noah Sneider who is at the crash site writes on his Twitter page the ground is litterd with "human skelitons and plane fragments."

"Bodies everywhere, organs splayed out," Sneider writes. "Too gruesome to post photographs. This is an absolute disaster."

In a statement the the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) says it grieves the tragic loss of life due to the crash.

“We offer our condolences to all the families and friends who have lost love ones,” says Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the WEA.

“I am calling on our global family to pray for those who have lost family or friends as a result of the tragedy,” Dr. Tunnicliffe stated. “And once again we renew our call for prayer for Ukraine and the ongoing conflict in the region, that there be a peaceful and lasting solution.”