4:3 Amateur video captures immediate aftermath of Malaysian Airlines crash
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Dateline: Hrabove - 17 July 2014
Date: 11/16/2014 04:28 PM
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Hrabove - 17 July 2014
1. Continuous shot of scene of crash site; fire and large plumes of smoke seen at crash site; villagers gathered nearby
New amateur footage has emerged of the immediate aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine in which all 298 people onboard were killed.
The video is perhaps the first taken immediately after the plane came down.
The mobile phone footage, shot on July 17, shows the wreckage on fire in a field in the village of Hrabove with large plumes of black smoke billowing from the site.
Residents from the village are seen gathered near the site and can be heard asking about the whereabouts of the pilot.
This is significant because multiple Ukrainian military planes had been shot down by this time, and their pilots and crew regularly taken prisoner by rebel forces.
The reaction of villagers in the video, obtained on Sunday by The Associated Press, suggests their immediate assessment too was that another Ukrainian plane had been struck.
In another exchange, a person is heard questioning whether more than one plane had crashed, since there was so much debris.
People around him quickly correct him to say only one aircraft had come down.
The video's creator, a resident of the village of Hrabove, has asked not to be named.
The footage has been authenticated against known locations and events and is consistent with independent AP reporting.
The Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down on July 17 over a rebel-held area of Ukraine.
Ukraine and the West have blamed the attack on Russia-backed separatists using a ground-to-air missile.