Incident Summary:

07/17/2014: Assailants launched a surface-to-air missile at a Malaysia Airlines aircraft, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near Hrabove, Donetsk, Ukraine. At least 298 people, including one United States citizen, were killed in the attack. The Donetsk People's Republic claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities questioned the veracity of this claim.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Malaysia Airlines
Specific Description Flight MH17
Nationality of Target Malaysia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A surface-to-air missile was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Donetsk People's Republic (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 298 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 298
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Malaysia: Investigations reveal MH17 downed from pro-Russia rebel held territory," theSundaily Online, September 28, 2016.
"Quinn Lucas Schansman: First American Victim Identified In Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Tragedy," International Business Times, July 19, 2014.
"MH17: the knowns and unknowns thus far," Malaysian Insider, July 18, 2014.