According to the airline, Malaysia Airlines System, onboard MAS MH17 on July 17, 2013, were:
- 193 passengers from the Netherlands (including one with dual Dutch and US citizenship),
- 43 Malaysians (including 15 crew and two infants),
- 27 Australians,
- 12 Indonesians (including one infant),
- 10 from Britain (including one with dual British and South African citizenship),
- 4 from Germany
- 4 from Belgium,
- 3 from the Philippines,
- 1 from Canada
- 1 from New Zealand.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in a press conference, Saturday said Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17's flight path is considered a safe route and that
“MH17 flew at an altitude that was set and deemed safe by local air traffic control, and it never strayed into restricted airspace”.
“MH17’s flight path was a busy major airway, like a highway in the sky. It followed a route which was set out by the international aviation authorities, approved by Eurocontrol, and used by hundreds of other aircraft,”
The Boeing 777 is believed to have been shot down 50km from the Ukraine-Russia border.
(Source: The Star)
MH17 - aerial view of crash site