July 19, 2014 Malaysia Airlines MH 17 update on all 298 passengers and countries: 192 Netherlands-includes 1 dual Netherlands/USA citizen, 44 Malaysia -includes 15 crew & 2 infants, 27 Amsterdam, 12 Indonesia-includes 1 infant, 10 United Kingdom-includes 1 dual UK/S. African citizen, 4 Belgium, 4 Germany, 3 Philippines, 1 Canada and 1 New Zealand. Malaysia Airlines expressed its condolences to the families and friends of MH passengers. Russian and Dutch citizens lay flowers and light candles at the Embassy of the Netherlands in memory of the 298 passengers who died.
Photos: Google images, Live MH17 Crash Photos
Updated July 23, 2014
The bodies and remains of Malaysia Airlines MH 17 are expected to arrive in the Netherlands today (Wednesday). The first group of 40 bodies on 2 cargo planes from the Netherlands and Australia are due in the Netherlands today, CNN. com reports. Families and officials will be there when they arrive. The remains and bodies will be taken to a military center for forensic testing. Most of the victims aboard the downed airliner were from the Netherlands. It’s also a national day of mourning in the Netherlands. A Malaysian official also is traveling with over 200 bodies and remains on a train to the Netherlands. Ukranian rebels also handed over the plane’s black boxes and data recorders to Malaysian officials. There also is some evidence that whoever shot down MH 17 last Thurday in eastern Ukraine, did not know it was a passenger airliner.
Updated July 19, 2014
President Obama is blaming Russia for the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 on July 17th in eastern Ukraine. United States intelligence and military officials confirmed the Boeing 777 was shot down by a Russian surface-to-air missile before it crashed in an active Ukranian war zone. Russian-backed rebels or separatists control the area. Several AIDS researchers and Quinn Lucas Schansman, a Dutch-American student were reported onboard MH 17. All 298 people aboard died in the fiery crash. The grim crash site spans 9 miles. According to news reports, rebel soldiers are hindering investigators at the crash site. The search for bodies and remains appears disorganized.
MH 17 left Amsterdam at 12:30 p.m. CEST. The 11 hour 28 minute flight was headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines says the MH 17 flight route is commonly used from Europe to Asia. Malaysia Airlines also says the MH17 flight path was approved by Eurocontrol.
“Upon entering Ukranian airspace, MH 17 was instructed by Ukranian air traffic control to fly at 33,000 feet,” the Malaysia Airlines stated in a news release. After the MH17 crash, Malaysia Airlines says it avoids Ukranian airspace entirely and flies further south over Turkey.
This is the second Malaysia Airlines tragedy in the past 4 months. MH 370 mysteriously disappeared on March 8, 2014 enroute from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China with 239 people on board. The international search continues to find evidence, any wreckage of MH 370.