Malaysian airliner MH17 attacked: Death toll revised
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 22:31
The death toll from the shoot-down of a commercial Malaysia Airline Boeing 777 en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on Thursday has been raised to 298 people.
Previous reports claimed there were 280 passengers and 15 crew members onboard, but the airline announced Thursday night that three infants were also on the plane and are presumed dead. Two of the infants were citizens of Malaysia and one from Indonesia. The airline will not release the passenger manifest until all of the victim’s families have been notified.
Several passengers were on their way to a UNAIDS, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS conference in Melbourne, according to the program’s director Michel Sidibe. U.N. World Health Organization spokesman Glenn Thomas and former President of International AIDS Society Joep Lange were two of the passengers.
The plane was en route to Perth after Kuala Lumpur, and Australian officials are seeking access to the site of the crash, according to Reuters.
Passenger names are just beginning to be released, while the airline begins to notify their next-of-kin and foreign governments work on identifying victims.
Earlier on Thursday, Chinese-language Malaysian news agency Sin Chew released crew member names. All were Malaysian citizens.
Captain: Wan Amran Bin Wan Hussin (male, 50 years old)
Captain: Eugene Choo Jin Leong (male, 45 years old)
Vice- captain: Ahmad Hakimi Bin Hanapi (male, 29 years old)
Vice- captain: Muhamad Firdaus Bin Abdul Rahim (male, 27 years old)
Mohd Ghafar Bin Abu Bakar (male, 54 years old)
Dora Shamila Binti Kassim (female, 47 years old)
Azrina Binti Yakob (female, 41 years old)
Lee Hui Pin (female, 42 years old)
Mastura Binti Mustafa (female, 40 years old)
Chong Yee Pheng (female, 40 years old)
Shaikh Mohd Noor Bin Mahmood (male, 44 years old)
Sanjid Singh Sandhu (male, 41 years old)
Hamfazlin Sham Binti Mohamed Arifin (female, 42 years old)
Nur Shazana Binti Mohamed Salleh (female, 31 years old)
Angeline Premila Rajandaran (female, 30 years old)
According to a statement published on the airline’s website Thursday night passenger nationalities were as follows: 154 Dutch; 43 citizens of Malaysia; 27 from Australia; 12 from Indonesia; 9 from the United Kingdom; 4 each from Germany and Belgium; 3 from the Philippines; and one from Canada. The nationalities of 41 victims are still unverified.
The airline added that all of its European flights will be taking alternative routes.
As the world reels from the news a passenger jet carrying 298 people has been shot down, confusion is growing about what has happened to the plane's "black box" flight recorder.
Reuters reported that people were searching the area for the flight recorder and that pro-Russian separatists were later quoted as saying they had found one.
A Russian radio station reported that the black box had been sent to Moscow for investigation by the as yet unidentified group of Russian separatists.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir has blamed Ukraine for the Malaysian Airlines tragedy that claimed the lives of all 298 people on board, including around 100 children - but didn't deny Russian-backed separatists were to blame for shooting it out of the sky.
In the Meantime, a Dutch citizen who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that and was shot down over Ukraine posted a picture on his Facebook page with the caption that translates to, "If it disappears, this is what it looks like," poking fun at the Malaysia plane that went mysteriously missing in March.
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 shot down over territory held by Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the Ukrainians for not having 'peace' in the land
But he did not deny that pro-Kremlin separatists brought down the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
U.S. Senator John McCain said there would be 'Hell to pay' if this was the case
Ukrainians called it 'terrorism' and released a recording between a fighter they claimed was a Russian Intelligence Officer and a separatist who apparently shot down the plane and admitted it was 'civilian'
Ukrainian interior ministry says plane was shot down by a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile
Questions over why the flight was flying over Ukrainian airspace in what is effectively a war zone
All airlines now saying they are avoiding the area
A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 295 people has crashed in east Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
There are no signs of survivors at the scene of the crash near the village of Grabovo, in rebel-held territory close to the border with Russia.
Both sides in Ukraine's civil conflict accused each other of shooting down the plane with a missile. It is still not clear why the plane came down.
It is the second disaster suffered by Malaysia Airlines this year.
Passengers that have been identified there were, 154 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, 6 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 from the Philippines and one Canadian. All 15 of the crew were Malaysian.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak spoke of his shock and said he was launching an immediate inquiry into the crash.
US and Ukrainian officials said they believed the plane had been brought down by a missile. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said it was an "act of terrorism".
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told the BBC he had intercepted phone conversations that proved the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.