A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board has crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. The Interfax news agency quoting an aviation industry source said the Boeing-777 plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Reports say that flight MH17 came down in the Donetsk region.

It is said to have crashed about 50 kilometres from the Russian border, in an area where there has been fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists. The agency says the airliner was shot down at an altitude of 10,000 metres. This information has not been confirmed.

A Russian aviation industry source told Reuters that the airliner did not enter Russian airspace when it was expected, but crashed in eastern Ukraine. Interfax quotes an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry as saying that all 295 people on board the plane are all dead.