8 heartbreaking photos following Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash

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Global News

GRABOVO, Ukraine – A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

READ MORE: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 shot down, crashes in Ukraine

The Boeing 777-200ER plane, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, appeared to have broken up before impact and the burning wreckage – which included body parts and the belongings of passengers – was scattered over a wide area.

PHOTOS: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashes in Ukraine

Here’s a look at the heartbreaking photos of families learning about the fate of the plane and images from the wreck.

Malaysia Akmar Binti Mohd Noor, 67, whose sister was onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam cries outside the family holding area at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014.

Malaysia A family member cries as she receives…

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