MH17 Crash: Boeing 777 Made Its First Flight 17 Years Ago on July 17, 1997

Plume of smoke from the downed jet. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Plume of smoke from the downed jet. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 by a missile over eastern Ukraine last Friday, media have been quick to point out that the plane made its maiden voyage exactly 17 years ago.

The Boeing 777 first flew on July 17, 1997, according to NTD Television. Coincidentally, July is the seventh month of 2014, and the numbers in the year add up to seven in total.

The latest briefings from U.S. intelligence suggest that pro-Russian separatists, and Russian soldiers shot the plane down by mistake using a Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile launcher, killing all 298 people onboard. The system is thought to have been supplied by Russia, and recently smuggled across the border.

Coincidence or not, Malaysia Airlines is certainly having a disastrous year with this its second lost flight since April, after flight MH370 mysteriously vanished en route to China.

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