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In what appears to be a mind-boggling coincidence, Malaysia is reeling from the second tragedy to hit its national airline in less than five months. On Thursday, the airline — and the nation — were pitched into another crisis after an aircraft was reported shot down over Ukraine. Ukraine said the plane was brought down by a missile over the violence-wracked eastern part of the country. Other details were only just beginning to emerge. This comes only months after another jetliner of the same model and airline vanished about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, spawning an international mystery that remains unsolved. The Boeing 777-200ER, which went down while on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur Thursday, carried 280 passengers and 15 crew members. Its wreckage was found in Ukraine, and there were no survivors. The struggling airline and the nation must now prepare for another agonizing encounter with grief, international scrutiny and intense legal and diplomatic implications.



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