Chicago-Based Boeing Releases Statement on Malaysia Airlines Crash

"We are aware of reports on MH17"

Chicago-based Boeing, which provided the Malaysia Airlines jet that reportedly crashed Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, said it stands ready to provide assistance as details stream in about the crash.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board MH17, as well as their families and loved ones," the company said in a statement. "We stand ready to provide assistance."

The Boeing 777-200 plane was carrying 295 people when it crashed. An adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister said the jet had been shot down, The Associated Press reported.

Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter account that it lost contact with flight MH17 while the plane was traveling over Ukrainian airspace.

"We are aware of reports on MH17," Boeing tweeted after the crash. "We're gathering more information."

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