by Editor | July 18, 2014 2:40 am
BBC – Malaysia’s leader has called the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine “deeply shocking”.
Describing the disaster as a “tragic day” in a “tragic year” for Malaysia, Najib Razak said the investigation “must not be hindered in any way”.
The plane, now known to have been carrying 298 people, crashed in rebel-held territory near the Russian border.
Both sides in Ukraine’s civil conflict have accused the other of shooting it down with a missile.
The Boeing 777, with the call sign MH17, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
It is the second disaster suffered by Malaysia Airlines this year. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Malaysia to China in March and has still not been found.
In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said MH17 was carrying at least 154 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 43 Malaysians (including 15 crew), 12 Indonesians and nine Britons.
Update: Ukraine President Declares Malaysia Airlines Crash was an Act of Terrorism
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has described the crash of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine “an act of terrorism” rather than an accident.The plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed killing all 295 people onboard, amid allegations of a missile attack.
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