New Delhi: Even as reports of flight MH17`s crash came in, Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak said on Thursday that he was shocked at the tragedy that had struck the country.
He also said that the government was launching an immediate investigation in the matter.
The PM posted on his official Twitter handle - “I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.”
I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) July 17, 2014
Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 crashed near the war-torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border today with 295 people on board including crew members.
As per reports, it was reportedly been shot down over eastern Ukraine, an area where Ukrainian rebels are fighting Ukrainian armed forces.
The tragedy struck Malaysia plane almost four months after the mysterious disappearance of MH370, the debris of which has no has not been found as yet.
All the people on board are feared to have been dead.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew.
The passenger liner came down close to the town of Shaktarsk in Ukraine`s rebellion-wracked region of Donetsk after disappearing from the radar and teams from the emergency services were trying to reach the scene, Russian media quoted an unnamed security source as saying, PTI reported.
The plane was cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet when it was reportedly shot down, as per the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.
Meanwhile, Ukraine`s armed forces and eastern Ukraine`s separatist leader Alexander Borodai said that they had no involvement in the downing of the plane.
On the other hand, US President Barack Obama talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as per reports, but there was no confirmation from the White House as to whether MH17 was shot down.