Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has crashed in Eastern Ukraine while travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Carrying 298 people the plane’s reason for crashing is yet unknown, amid fears it may have been shot down.
A Malaysian Airlines Boeing-777 flight, MH17, has crashed near the eastern Ukrainian village of Grabovo, 25km from the Russian border in land currently witnessing fighting between the Ukrainian government and separatists. Currently rescue workers have found at least 100 bodies from the plane, which was carrying 298 people at the time of the crash.
As of current the reason for the plane’s crash, which was expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6:10am on 18 July, is unknown. Fears that it had been shot down by either side have been widely circulated but both the Ukrainian government and the separatists deny that they shot down the aircraft.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko addressed the media by stating, “We do not exclude that the plane was shot down and confirm that the Ukraine armed forces did not fire at any targets in the sky”
This accident is the third tragic aviation accident to have occurred in the past week over the skies of Eastern Ukraine, with a military transport plane being shot down and reports of a military fighter jet being hit and crashing as well. In response a number of travel companies such as Lufthansa, British Airways and Turkish Airlines would avoid Eastern Ukrainian airspace, some even stating to completely avoid the skies over Ukraine.
Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak also stated via Twitter, upon learning about the accident and the possibility that the plane could have been shot down, that the country would be launching their own full investigation into the matter. The people onboard the plane were of various nationalities, with reports stating that there were 28 Australians, five Belgians, one Canadian, four Germans, one Hong Kong citizen, 12 Indonesians, 43 Malaysians, 173 Dutch, one New Zealander, three from the Philippines, one Romanian and one South African, nine Britons and 18 of unconfirmed nationality.