Transcript for Eyewitnesses Recount What They Saw When Flight 17 Came Down
We've all seen those pictures today, the video of that fire on the horizon, tonight the villagers who witnessed it all still in disbelief. ABC's kirit radio is in Moscow tonig tonight. Reporter: That remote field in eastern Ukraine, a wasteland of fire and smouldering debris. Just 25 miles from the Russian border, the black plume rising high above the horizon. Villagers looking on in disbelief. An airplane. An airplane over there, they yell. The smoke creeping ominously above the roofs of houses. What exploded over there? One asks. As it billows higher. Dogs barking as black smoke and those white streaks of debris fill the sky. There was fighting and I heard shooting in the sky, this man says. Several shots and then some loud bangs. I was scared. I looked up and saw fragments flying. The scorched crash site, an empty field along a country road, deep in the territory held by Russian separatists. I knew it was an airplane right away, says this man. It fell right over there. It curved and went that way. An eye witness describing the scene to Russian television. I personally saw Malaysian passports scattered around the site of the crash. So far the area has not been roped off. Firemen have just arrived and so far the debris is still smoking. Reporter: Among the first responders, the Ukrainian emergency services, and rebels armed with guns. Sifting through a gruesome landscape remains and the personal belongings of the 295 on board. A tourist guide unscathed. The search of the charter continuing tonight as darkness fell. David, tonight that little village is in absolute shock. They've been through months of war, but nothing could have prepared them for the carnage they saw in the field today. Kirit radio reporting live from Moscow. Thank you.
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