From CIA assassination to Illuminati involvement: The MH17 conspiracy theories are doing the internet rounds
Was MH17 shot down by militants trying to assassinate Vladimir Putin?
Was it work of secret societies or the Illuminati to establish the New World Order?
Were MH17 and MH370, which went missing in March, actually same plane?
Theorists ask why victims' pictured passports in such 'pristine' condition
Theories fueled by fact MH17 came down 17 years to day since maiden flight
By MATTHEW BLAKE
As the world continued to search for answers over the downing of Flight MH17, the internet came alive with conspiracy theories.
Was whoever shot down MH17 actually trying to assassinate Vladimir Putin?
Russia Today sparked a fever of speculation after publishing a report that claimed the doomed flight was flying almost the exact same path as Putin's presidential plane did less than 40 minutes later.
It quoted a source as telling Interfax news agency: 'I can say that Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon.
Within minutes of the report, there were claims the shooting was a botched assassination attempt.
Some even took it to mean US president Barack Obama ordered the C.I.A. to carry out the alleged hit.
'OBAMA TRYING TO KILL PUTIN Putin's plane was following 'almost same route' as crashed MalaysianAirlines MH17,'
Another theory blamed banking dynasty the Rosthchild Family.
'ROTHSCHILDS TRIED TO KILL PUTIN & HIT WRONG PLANE TODAY - ALL BECAUSE OF BRICS BANK & USD END
Or was it in fact the nefarious work of occult secret societies or The Illuminati?
Many have claimed that The Illuminati carried out the attack as part of its longstanding masterplan to trigger a third world war and thus establish a New World Order ... chiefly because of the plane's links to the number seven.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was a Boeing 777 and made its maiden flight on July 17, 1997 - 17 years ago to the day, many theorists point out.
On top of that, July is the seventh month of 2014. Adding up the year's numbers (2+0+1+4) makes seven.
A writer on conspiracy website Before It’s News claimed the tragedy was 'clearly' an attempted false flag to launch a new global war.
They wrote: 'The occult/illuminati connection to this plane crash are absolutely stunning as the NWO (New World Order) attempts to start WW3 as their grip on power falls apart as the US dollar dies and on the same day TWA Flight 800 was shot down in 1996.'
The number seven is a figure that has long been associated with the clandestine group, who are said to view it as the essence of perfection.
Many modern conspiracy theories propose that world events are being controlled and manipulated by the Illuminati, a secretive and ancient society blamed by proponents for a string of world events including the Battle of Waterloo, the French Revolution and President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
There have even been suggestions that the group is in fact a Communist pressure party hellbent on creating a new world order by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry.
MH17 was shot down 17 years to the day since its maiden voyage ...
The group's involvement was further bolstered by a New York Times journalist who revealed the plane was shot down 17 years to the day since its maiden voyage.
A coincidence or not, it was enough proof for many that a sinister plot was to blame.
Did Israel mastermind the shoot down to divert world's gaze from its assault on Gaza?
Some people even took to MailOnline's own comment section to expound their hypotheses.
'World attention and media coverage has been diverted from that to this MH17 incident. Could Israel be behind it so they can launch their attack on Palestine, and the inevitable deaths of hundreds of civilians that is likely to come with it, without international media and governmental scrutiny?'
Do 'Pristine' passports prove it was all a hoax?
'How could the passports found at the #MH17 crash site be so pristine?
Could MH17 have actually been the same Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared in March?
This argument appeared a little less-well researched than some of its counterparts.
But a lack of hard evidence didn't stop theorists sharing their views that MH17 was in fact MH370 - the plane that disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March.
Was International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde in fact the mastermind behind the atrocity?
The IMF Managing Director gave a speech to the National Press Club in Washington D.C. about the power of the number seven.
In the speech she used numerology to make a series of forecasts for 2014 based around the 'magic seven'.
'Now I'm going to test your numerology skills by asking you to think about the magic seven,' she told the audience.
She went on to point out that 2014 will 'mark the 7th anniversary of the financial market jitters', and will be the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 25th (2 + 5 = 7)'.
She made a series of further references to the number seven that inspired a glut of blog posts and tweets accusing her of sinister occult dealings.
'Was Christine Lagarde trying to give a message about the MH17 tragedy in her bizarre speech about numerology?'