Date
20 October 2017
Relatives of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Friday. Photo: AFP
Relatives of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Friday. Photo: AFP

MH17: Deep shock, a tragic day, a tragic year

Thursday’s Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine is deeply shocking and a tragic day in a tragic year for Malaysia, the country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, said.

According to the BBC, Najib said the Boeing 777, which crashed in rebel-held territory near the Russian border with 298 people on board, did not make a distress call. It was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

“Malaysia is unable to verify the cause of this tragedy. But we must – and we will – find out precisely what happened to this flight,” Najib said.

“If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.”

It is the second disaster suffered by Malaysia Airlines this year. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Malaysia to China in March and has still not been found.

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