Quantcast

Jewish Journal

Malaysian PM shocked by report Malaysian plane has gone down

Reuters

July 17, 2014 | 10:16 am

<em>Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on May 31. Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters</em>

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on May 31. Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Friday he was shocked by reports a Malaysia Airlines plane had gone down over Ukraine and he was launching an investigation.

"I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation," Najib said on his Twitter feed. MH is the code for Malaysia Airlines.

The incident comes after a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board. It has not been found.

Najib was on his way to the operations centre at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, an official in his office said.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement it had received notification from Ukrainian air traffic control that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 GMT, 30 km (18 miles) from the Tamak waypoint, approximately 50 km (31 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border.

The Boeing 777 had left Amsterdam at 12.15 p.m. (Amsterdam time) and was expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6.10 a.m. (2210 GMT) on Friday, the airline said.

The airline said there were 280 passengers and 15 crew on board.

Writing by Robert Birsel

Tracker Pixel for Entry

COMMENTS

We welcome your feedback.

Privacy Policy
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.

Terms of Service
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.

Publication
JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.

ADVERTISEMENT
PUT YOUR AD HERE