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8 heartbreaking photos following Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash

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Relatives of people onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam react outside the family holding area at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. . MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

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

Here’s a look at the heartbreaking photos of families learning about the fate of the plane and those waiting for news.

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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. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
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A family member cries as she receives the news of the ill fated flight MH17 on the phone. (Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
People react as they wait for news.
People react as they wait for news after a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Sepang, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Waiting for news.
Waiting for news. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

 

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People walk near the site of the crash.
People walk near the site of the crash. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Zurab Dzhavakhadze)
A young girl places her head on a teddy bear as people light candles and place flowers in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev.
A young girl places her head on a teddy bear as people light candles and place flowers in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman looks on before lighting a candle in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev.
A woman looks on before lighting a candle in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)