MH17 disaster: Malaysian PM Najib Razak says plane did not make distress call
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 16:50
Malaysia's prime minister says a Malaysia Airlines jetliner did not make any distress call before it went down in Ukraine, and that the flight route was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters that Ukrainian authorities believe the Boeing 777, on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down.
Mr Najib demanded swift justice for those responsible if a Malaysian airliner that came down in Ukraine was found to have been shot down.
Reading out a statement at a news conference today, he said Malaysia had not been able to verify what caused the plane to crash while on a flight from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, but it had not made a distress call.
But he had agreed in talks with U.S. President Barack Obama that investigators must get full access to the site of the crash.
"The Ukrainian authorities believe that the plane was shot down," Najib said in the statement.
"At this stage, however, Malaysia is unable to verify the cause of this tragedy. But we must, and we will, find out precisely what happened to this flight. No stone will be left unturned."
"If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice."