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July 18, 2014

MAS confirms Cargo passenger's manifest and nationalities of MH17 casualities

Hello and welcome back to our live updates on the MH17 plane crash.

Saturday, July 19, 07:30 PM GMT +0800 Media Statement 7 : MH17 Incident

Malaysia Airlines is appealing to the family members or friends of those onboard MH17 to contact the airline. Enclosed is the MH17 passenger manifest for reference.
In the past 45 hours, the airline together with various foreign embassies have made every effort to establish contact with the next-of-kin but is still unable to identify many more family members.
They are advised to contact Malaysia Airlines’ Family Support Centre at +603 7884 1234 (in Malaysia).
Alternatively the family or friends may call the numbers below in their respective countries:
Netherlands (Malaysia Airlines Amsterdam office)    +31 20 521 6252
Australia (Malaysia Airlines Sydney office)                +61 2 9364 3526
Indonesia (Malaysia Airlines Jakarta office)              +62 2 1522 9705
New Zealand (Malaysia Airlines Auckland office)     +64 9 306 3930
United Kingdom (Malaysia Airlines London office)    +44 20 7341 2060
Germany (Malaysia Airlines Frankfurt office)            +49 69 1387 1980
Philippines (Malaysia Airlines Manila office)              + 63 2 889 1863
As of 19 July 2014, 5:00pm, the table below shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities:-


193 (including 1 dual Netherlands/USA citizen)

43 (including 15 crew & 2 infants)


12 (including 1 infant)

United Kingdom
10 (including 1 dual UK/S. Africa citizen)





New Zealand

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines deployed a ferry flight last night mobilizing 212 personnel from various government and media bodies and its staff to Kiev and Amsterdam in a special mission for MH17. A total of 85 Malaysia Airlines’ ‘Go Team’ members have been deployed, of which five members will join Malaysia’s Special Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Smart) in the search-and-recovery mission at the crash site in the Donetsk region, while 80 other members comprising care givers and the management team will be stationed in Amsterdam to assist the family members of the passengers.
MH5002 departed Kuala Lumpur at 9.30pm on 18 July 2014 and arrived in Kiev at 2.58am (local time) on 19 July 2014 with a two hour transit. The aircraft then continued its journey to Amsterdam at 4.50am (local time) on 19 July 2014 and arrived in Schipol Amsterdam Airport at 5.30am the same day.
The mission is also joined by Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport, the National Security Council, Special Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Smart), Malaysia’s Department of Information, the Royal Malaysian Police, Malaysian Special Air Service, the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Malaysian Armed Forces, Department of Civil Aviation, Chemistry Department, Department of Islamic Advancement of Malaysia and the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team as well as participating media.
Finally, Malaysia Airlines requests the cooperation of members of the media to respect the privacy of the grieving families. The airline’s top priority remains to provide care and assistance to the families of the passengers and crew and any information with regards to their movement will not be made public.

Saturday, July 19, 07:20 PM GMT +0800 MH17 Press Briefing By Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport

Today Malaysia Airlines have released the final list of nationalities on board flight MH17. Each of the numbers represents a life lost, and a family in anguish. After this press conference, Malaysia Airlines will release the full passenger manifest.
Malaysia mourns the loss of all 298 passengers and crew. We feel for their families. And we promise to do all we can to ensure that the investigation is completed, and that justice is done.
Malaysia is deeply concerned that the crash site has not been properly secured. The  integrity of the site has been compromised, and there are indications that vital evidence has not been preserved in place.
Interfering with the scene of the crash risks undermining the investigation itself. Any actions that prevent us from learning the truth about what happened to MH17 cannot be tolerated. Failure to stop such interference would be a betrayal of the lives that were lost.
Malaysia calls for all parties to protect the integrity of the crash site, and to allow the investigation to proceed. We urge all those involved to respect the families, and the nations who have lost their sons and daughters in this attack.
Yes, MH17 has become a geopolitical issue. But we must not forget that it is a human tragedy. Days after the plane went down, the remains of 298 people lie uncovered. 
Citizens of eleven nations – none of whom are involved in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine –cannot be laid to rest. Their lives were taken by violence; now violence stops them being accorded their final respect. This cannot continue. 
Earlier today, Malaysia’s special team arrived in Kiev. We ask for continued support from the Ukrainian government, and the other parties involved, as the team seeks to assist the Ukrainian authorities in recovering and identifying the remains of the passengers and crew, and with the wider investigation.
The world has a moral obligation to ensure that the remains of all victims are recovered and treated with respect. We will play our part in fulfilling this obligation. That is why, later today, I will join the Malaysian team in Kiev, where I will work with my counterpart in the Ukraine government, to support efforts to retrieve the remains, and to assist with the investigation.
I will be joined by the Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation, the Malaysian investigator in charge, and the Chairman of Malaysia Airlines. The CEO of Malaysia Airlines is already in Kiev.
On the matter of MH17’s flight path, I would like to refer to recent reported comments by officials from Eurocontrol, the body which approves European flight paths under ICAO rules. 
According to the Wall Street Journal, the officials stated that some 400 commercial flights, including 150 international flights crossed eastern Ukraine daily before the crash. Officials from Eurocontrol also stated that in the two days before the incident, 75 different airlines flew the same route as MH17.
MH17’s flight path was a busy major airway, like a highway in the sky. It followed a route which was set out by the international aviation authorities, approved by Eurocontrol, and used by hundreds of other aircraft. It flew at an altitude set, and deemed safe, by the local air traffic control. And it never strayed into restricted airspace.
The flight and its operators followed the rules. But on the ground, the rules of war were broken. In an unacceptable act of aggression, it appears that MH17 was shot down; its passengers and crew killed by a missile. 
This outrage cannot go unpunished. Once again, Malaysia condemns this brutal act of aggression, and calls for those responsible to be found, and to face the full force of justice without delay.

Saturday, July 19, 11:40 AM GMT +0800 Media Statement 6: MH17 Incident

Media Statement 6: MH17 Incident
The below table shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities of those on-board MH17, as of 19 July 2014:-

Nationality Total

Netherlands 192 (including 1 dual Netherlands/USA citizen)

Malaysia 44 (including 15 crew & 2 infants)

Australia 27

Indonesia 12 (including 1 infant)

United Kingdom 10 (including 1 dual UK/S. Africa citizen)

Germany 4

Belgium 4

Philippines 3

Canada 1

New Zealand 1

Total 298

Malaysia Airlines is working closely with the respective embassies to notify the next-of-kin of the passengers.
Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support to provide all possible care to the next-of-kin.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.
Families of passengers and crew may contact +603 7884 1234 (Malaysia) or +31703487770 (Netherlands).
For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

Saturday, July 19, 10:00 AM GMT +0800 Media Statement 5: MH17 Incident

Media Statement 5: MH17 Incident
In light of the MH17 incident, Malaysia Airlines will be waiving any change fees for passengers who wish to make changes to their itinerary to any MH destinations.
Passengers who wish to postpone or cancel their travel plans can obtain a refund, including for non refundable tickets.
Our Enrich passengers will also receive fee waivers for any changes to their travel itinerary,  as well as refunds of miles should they choose to cancel their redemption tickets.
These waivers are only applicable from 18 July 2014 until 24 July 2014, for travel between 18 July 2014 until 31 Dec 2014.
Passengers who wish to make changes to their travel plans may contact the nearest Malaysia Airlines ticketing office, or call our global Call Center at 1-300-88-3000.
Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets the loss of MH17, and is very much appreciative of the support from our passengers.

Media Statement 3 : MH17 Incident
The B777-200 aircraft bearing registration no. 9M-MRD that operated MH17 on 17 July, 2014 had a clean maintenance record. The aircraft’s last maintenance check was on 11 July 2014. The next check was due on 27 Aug 2014. The maintenance was conducted at Malaysia Airlines’ hangar at KLIA. The aircraft had a clean bill of health.
The aircraft was manufactured in July 1997, and so had 17 years in service.
The aircraft had recorded 75322 hours with a total of 11434 cycles.
All communication system on the aircraft were functioning normally.
The B777-200 uses the Rolls-Royce Trent-800 engine and has a 282 seat capacity.

Media Statement 4: MH17 Incident
1.    Flight plan
MH17’s flight plan was approved by Eurocontrol, who are solely responsible for determining civil aircraft flight paths over European airspace. Eurocontrol is the air navigation service provider for Europe and is governed under ICAO rules.
The route over Ukrainian airspace where the incident occurred is commonly used for Europe to Asia flights. A flight from a different carrier was on the same route at the time of the MH17 incident, as were a number of other flights from other carriers in the days and weeks before. Eurocontrol maintains records of all flights across European airspace, including those across Ukraine.
In April, the International Civil Aviation Organization identified an area over the Crimean peninsula as risky. At no point did MH17 fly into, or request to fly into, this area. At all times, MH17 was in airspace approved by the ICAO.
2.    Altitude
MH17 filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000ft throughout Ukrainian airspace. This is close to the ‘optimum’ altitude.
However, an aircraft’s altitude in flight is determined by air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control to fly at 33,000ft.
3.    Nationalities
Following this afternoon’s press conference, Malaysia Airlines can confirm that a further 16 passengers’ nationalities have been verified. The latest breakdown of nationalities of those on board the flight is as follows:
·         189 Netherlands
·         44 Malaysia
·         27 Australia
·         12 Indonensia
·         9 UK
·         4 Belgium
·         4 Germany
·         3 Philippines
·         1 Canada
·         1 New Zealand
Four passengers’ nationalities remain to be verified.
4.    New flight route
Following this incident, Malaysia Airlines now avoids Ukrainian airspace entirely, flying further south over Turkey. 

Friday, July 18, 06:40 PM GMT +0800 Cargo Manifest and Airway Bill for MH17

Below are the Cargo Manifest and Airway Bill that were made public and shared.
  • Cargo Manifest 1
  • Cargo Manifest 2
  • Cargo Manifest 3
  • Cargo Manifest 4

  • Dogs and pigeons were among the cargo being carried on MH17, as well as aircraft and helicopter parts.

    The items were revealed in a cargo manifest released by the airline.
    It lists live birds as well as textiles, diplomatic mail and fresh-cut flowers.
    The paperwork looks all in order, with the items signed for and instructions about the required temperature in which the goods should be stored.
    The flight number is marked clearly on the top of each page as well as the date of July 17 and a registration number. Point of loading is marked as Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, with the unloading point listed as Kuala Lumpur.

    Tribute to WHO spokesman killed in Ukraine plane disaster

     A World Health Organisation (WHO) staff member,Glenn Thomas,  is among the 298 passengers killed in the Malaysia plane crash in Ukraine.

    Rest in Peace , broer 

     Glenn Thomas, a communications officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, was flying to Australia to attend the International AIDS conference which opens in Melbourne on Sunday.

    Glenn was a regular speaker at the bi-weekly press briefings organized by the UN Information Service in Geneva updating journalists on the activities of WHO.
    A minute of silence was held in his honour during the press briefing on Friday.
    Gregory Hartl is a spokesperson for the World health organisation.
    " His twin sister says he died doing what he loved. Glenn had been with WHO for more than a decade. He came here from the BBC and spent many years providing communications support to the TB Department. Since 2012 he had been working on the media team in DCO, regularly hosting press conferences and working with you at the Palais and with other journalists to promote the work of WHO. Glenn will be remembered for his ready laugh and his passion for public health. He will be greatly missed by those who had the opportunity to know him and work with him. He leaves behind his partner Claudio and his twin sister, Tracey.
    The Malaysian jet liner was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers and 15 crew members were killed.
    Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.
    Duration 1:34″

    United Nations Radio

    AFP reports that national flags have been lowered to half-mast across Malaysia and at Malaysian embassies around the world.

    Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak has demanded that the perpetrators of downed flight MH17 be brought to justice if it is proven it was shot down in east Ukraine.

    "If evidence shows the plane was shot down, then we demand the responsible party to be brought to face justice," he said in a live address on national television late on Friday.
    Mr Najib refused to pinpoint blame for the tragedy which claimed 298 lives, 43 of whom were Malaysians.

     Dutch King Willem Alexander issued a press statement saying he was deeply shocked by what has happened to MH17.

    “Just like the rest of the Netherlands, my wife and I follow the news to the minute and we hope to have more clarity soon. We offer or deepest sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims and to those who are still uncertain if their loved ones were on board the plane,” the statement read.

    Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed his dismay over what had happened to MH17.

    In a press statement, Rutte said, “Very much is still unclear about the facts, the circumstances and the passengers.”

    As reported by NL Times, Rutte his cancelling his holiday and is returning to the Netherlands, adding that he would monitor and handle the situation.
    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called for action on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine’s airspace on Thursday and asked members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to show their support for Malaysia in handling the incident.
    Yudhoyono, speaking at a televised press conference on Friday, expressed his deep condolences to Malaysia and to the families of the 298 victims on board the Boeing 777 aircraft, which was bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.
    “Indonesia strongly urges for an international investigation if it is true that the civilian aircraft was shot by a military missile. That is a violation of international law and even a rule of war.
    “Indonesia really hopes that the perpetrators be given firm sanctions and legal action. Indonesia is ready to join in the international investigation,” he said at the State Palace.

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says there is no other word to describe the Ukraine conflict other than an 'outrage'.
    Declaring the tragedy was not an accident, Abbott said Russia now faced a crucial test of its international citizenship, as he called on the international community to take the strongest possible action to ensure such an "appalling crime" can never be repeated.
    The forceful comments came after Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop emerged from a meeting with Russia's ambassador to Australia Vladimir Morozov, to reveal Moscow had denied the involvement of pro-Russian rebels and attempted to lay the blame at Ukraine's feet.

    Australia's foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop confirms a number of people onboard MH17 were travelling to Melbourne for an Aids conference, reports ABC News.
    Ms Bishop's remarks reported by Australian media: "We don't know the cause but there is speculation that the plane was shot down. If that is the case it is an unspeakable crime."

    The advice I have is that the final number of Australians aboard is 28,"Tony Abbot said.
    Of those, seven were from Queensland, 10 from Victoria, seven from Western Australia, three from New South Wales and one from the Northern Territory. 
    President Barack Obama says there were almost 100 researchers on MH17 travelling to a conference in Australia on AIDS.
    He says: "These were men and women dedicating their own lives to saving the lives of others."
    There lives were taken in an act of "senseless violence".
    He says we must remember people like these, who are focused on "what they can build, not what they can destroy.... it is important for us to hold them up."
    "When terrible events like this occur, the international community must stand on the side of justice and truth."

    He says there is likely to be "misinformation" around what has happened, "no one can deny the truth that has been seen in the photos" from the last 24 hours.
    President Obama says it is likely that a missile fired from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine brought down Malaysia Airlines MH17 and that at least one U.S. citizen is among the dead.
    "Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine," Obama said, noting that it's not the only time in recent months that the pro-Russia rebels had taken down airplanes.
    He called the deaths of the 298 people aboard the plane "an outrage of unspeakable proportions."
    He says: "The eyes of the world are on Eastern Ukraine, and we are going to make sure that the truth is out."
    "It is time for peace and security to be restored in Ukraine."

    After Thursday’s crash, Mr. Harper released a written statement expressing condolences to the families of the victims and pledging Canadian support for any investigation. He also pointed a finger at Russia for stoking unrest in the region where the plane was downed, a crash widely expected to be the result of a missile strike.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for a fair investigation into the crash of a Malaysian passenger .
    Xi said he was shocked by the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine. He also expressed grief over the death of the passengers on board and condolence to the relatives. "A fair investigation should be conducted to find out the truth as soon as possible", he said.
    Xi made the remarks when holding a joint press conference with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Friday, hours after he arrived in Buenos Aires for a state visit to Argentina, the second leg of his four-nation Latin America tour.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin 
     Dear colleagues!
    You know that a terrible event occurred today in the sky over Ukraine, an awful tragedy -- a civilian plane was killed, 285 people, according to preliminary information, were killed.
    On behalf of the Russian leadership and the Russian government, we express condolences to the bereaved families, the governments of those countries whose nationals were on that plane. I ask you to honor their memory.
    (A moment of silence)
    In this regard, I want to note that this tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land, if the military actions had not been renewed in southeast Ukraine. And, certainly, the state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.
    I have already given instructions to the military departments to provide all necessary assistance in the investigation of this crime. And I also ask the government of the Russian Federation through the available civilian agencies that have the capability to do everything for a thorough investigation of this event. We will do everything -- everything that depends on us, anyway -- in order that the objective picture of what happened is part of the public domain here, in Ukraine and in the rest of the world. This is an absolutely unacceptable thing, and no one has the right to let this pass without the appropriate conclusions and without all of us having objective information about the incident.
    But we have gathered with you for another reason. I would like to talk to you about the socio-economic situation in the country. We also have many other issues of the current character. Let's talk about them.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country's armed forces did not take action against any airborne targets. "We do not exclude that this plane was shot down, and we stress that the armed forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets," he said. "We are sure that those who are guilty in this tragedy will be held responsible."

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