Malaysia Airlines MH17 Plane Crash Over Ukraine Live Update, Photos and Videos This tragedy that claimed 295 innocent lives, 280 passengers and 15 crew, most passengers being from the Netherlands, occurred on the July 17th anniversary of the crash of TWA flight 800 into the Atlantic near East Moriches, New York in 1996. That was thought to be a flight brought down by a military missile. As this flight in Ukraine is thought to be an act of terrorism or a surface to air missile attack perpetrated by Russia. Or perhaps someone in Ukraine. Only time will tell as the investigation has just gotten underway. The flight recorders are already retrieved from the crash site. And thanks to cell video there are videos of the flight in air and on the ground for investigators to review. Unfortunately of course in this technological age they've also made their way to the net. Many of the victims on this flight were found still seat belted to their seats. God have mercy. There is a thread already posted related to this tragedy that informs of the crash and asks for prayers and even affords a link to a candle lighting website (here), so that those who are interested can participate in sharing their prayers for those who grieve. This thread is an opportunity to take this to the level of political discussion about this tragedy. What are your thoughts? Did Russia take this plane out? How could they do that when the squawkers on commercial passenger planes identify them separate and apart from a fighter jet? God have mercy on all who were lost and comfort those who grieve. Amen. I look forward to your thoughts. Respect for the dead and the grieving is appreciated in advance.