Malaysia Airlines says 298 dead in MH17 crash

Malaysia Airlines confirmed that there were 298 people onboard flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine on Thursday.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines on Friday confirmed that there were 298 people onboard flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine on Thursday.

According to a statement, MH17 was carrying 283 passengers, including three infants of various nationalities, and 15 Malaysian crew members, the Malaysian Star reported.

The identified passengers and crew comprised 154 Dutch, 43 Malaysians including 15 members, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, nine British, four German, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian.
The nationalities of 41 passengers are yet to be determined.

The airlines is currently in the process of notifying the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew.

"Malaysia Airlines is deploying its `Go Team’ to Amsterdam with a group of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers," the statement said.
The Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysia Airlines MH17 passenger plane crashed on Thursday near the Russian border, with all the 298 passengers and crew members on board reportedly killed.

The flight took off from Amsterdam`s Schiphol airport.

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