The slaughtered innocents: Smiling happily in family snapshots, the child victims of MH17, before they were blasted from the sky
Smiling in happy family snapshots, these are the innocent child victims of Flight MH17. They are among the 80 youngsters thought to have been on board the doomed jet as they travelled with their families on holiday or to visit relatives. Australian mother Rin Norris lost her father Nick and her three children Mo, 12, Evie, ten and eight-year-old Otis.The children were flying home with their grandfather after a family holiday in Europe, while Miss Norris and partner Anthony Maslin stayed in Amsterdam for a few extra days. Three babies were among the dead, including 21-month-old Kaela Goes, killed with her parents as they flew home to Malaysia after visiting relatives in Holland.
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The Boeing 777 aircraft was hit by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile over territory near Donetsk held by pro-Russian rebels who the Ukrainian government says are backed by the Kremlin. The Ukrainian authorities laid the blame for the attack on the rebels by denying any responsibility for the missile launch. TV pictures from the scene showed a pall of smoke billowing into the sky near Donetsk, apparently from the stricken flight MH17. Witnesses say body parts are scattered over a distance of 15km, suggesting the plane broke up in mid-air.
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BUK missile launchers are capable of taking down aircraft the size of a Boeing 777 flying at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet, meaning the intensity of the impact is likely to have blown the plane apart in the sky.
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