Timeline: Passenger Planes Shot Down Over the Years

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over a rebel-held area of Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. While passenger plane shoot-downs are rare, this isn't the first time a commercial airliner was downed by hostile action. From a Finnish flight struck by Soviet bombers in 1940 to a Siberian Airlines flight accidentally shot down by Ukraine's military during an exercise in 2001, a number of planes have met such an end. Click through to read about notable passenger plane shoot-downs over the decades.

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