Plane 'flying at 33,000ft' when it disappeared from radar

A Malaysian Airlines plane which has reportedly crashed in eastern Ukraine was flying at 33,000 feet - a typical cruising altitude for airliners - when it disappeared from radar, a Ukrainian official told Interfax.

The aircraft is thought to have come down in Torez, near Shakhtersk, some 25 miles from the Russia border.

The area has been the scene of fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels.

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MH17 bodies begin long journey back to the Netherlands

The bodies of flight MH17 victims have begun a long journey back to the Netherlands, where they boarded the downed airliner almost five days ago amid continued diplomatic tensions over the 298 deaths. A train carrying the bodies of victims have arrived in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. From there they will be flown to Eindhoven to be identified and repatriated. 200 bodies were on board not the 282 claimed by rebels, a Dutch official said.