Published On: Thu, Jul 17th, 2014

Dutch passengers aboard crashed Boeing 777

malaysia-airlines-boeing-777THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - A Malaysian passenger plane departed from the Dutch main airport Schiphol, with at least twenty Dutch on board, crashed on Ukrainian territory. Apparently the aircraft was shot down and all occupants have perished.

This is according to a report from the Russian news agency Interfax on the basis of statements by the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior.

Dutch travel Agency D-Reizen confirms that Dutch citizens were on board. Also, through ANWB Reizen, we learn that about fifteen or sixteen Dutch citizens were on board. It's about people who have booked at Fox Reizen and SNP, which falls under ANWB Reizen. Tour operator WTC.nl believes it’s between twenty and thirty Dutch citizens who have booked through the site.

The spokesman of ANWB Reizen could not say anything about the identity of the people, and whether it is about Dutch travelers.

The Boeing 777, with 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board, according to an adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior, was shot down by an antiaircraft missile by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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The aircraft, according to Interfax, was not far from the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, fifty kilometers from the border with Russia. In recent weeks, there have been daily fights between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists in that region.

Interfax states that the flight was operated by Malaysia Airlines and KLM, with respectively flight numbers MH17 and KL4103. KLM is not able to confirm anything.

Reuters reports that the passenger aircraft was not flying at the expected time over the Russian airspace.

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