298 people killed in Malaysian Airlines crash

298 people killed in Malaysian Airlines crash

A Malaysian Airlines passenger jet has crashed in Ukraine near the border with Russia, killing all 295 people on board.

Flight MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it disappeared from radar screens, and Ukrainian authorities say it may have been shot down by a ground-to-air missile.

It has been confirmed 27 Australians were on board the flight, as well as 154 Dutch nationals, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, six from the the UK, as well as several other nationalities.

There are reports the Boeing 777 may have been shot down by a missile , with the crash occurring in an area of heavy conflict between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.

Both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels have denied firing the missile, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has labelled the incident a terrorist attack.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says it is a terrible tragedy, and the government will do whatever it can to assist the families of the 27 Australians killed.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has set up a hotline for Australian who want more information – 1300 555 135.

There are also unconfirmed reports, many of those on board were high-level AIDS scientists and researchers, who were on their way to Melbourne for the International AIDS Conference next week.

The former president of the International AIDS Society, Joep Lange, is reported to be among those killed.

Malaysian Airlines has confirmed flight MH17 was due to connect to another flight, from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne.

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