On Thursday, a Malaysia Airline plane, MH17, carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members crashed near the Russian border in East Ukraine, leaving all passengers dead. The Boeing 777-200 flew from Amsterdam at around 12:15 pm and was to arrive in Kuala Lumpur on July 18 at around 6:10 am.
In a statement, the Malaysia Airlines said that it lost its contact with MH17 at 5:15 pm, when the flight was about 50 kilometers from the Russia-Ukraine border.
Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, reached the Malaysia Airlines Operations Center in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. Moreover, the grieving families of the passengers also reached the airport to get some information about their family members.
The route of the flight was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Moreover, the Malaysia Airlines also confirmed that the plane didn’t make a suffering call.
Razak said, “The aircraft’s flight route was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organization. And International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions.”
Earlier, he said: “I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.”
According to Interfax-Ukraine, an adviser from the Interior Ministry of Ukraine said that the plane was shot down by a missile fired by some pro-Russian separatists via a 9K37 Buk launcher. However, both the Ukrainian government and the separatists have denied these allegations.
Earlier in March, another Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost its contact with the air traffic control system, and has still not been found.