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MH17 tragedy: All 298 passengers on board flight identified

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on Saturday confirmed the nationalities of all the 298 people on-board flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine on Thursday.

Also read: Interpol teams to help identify MH17 victims


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A statement released on MAS' official website said the identified passengers and crew comprised 192 Dutch (including 1 dual Netherlands/USA citizen), 44 Malaysians (including 15 crew members and two infants), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians (including an infant), 10 British (including 1 dual UK/S. Africa citizen), four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos, one Canadian and one person from New Zealand.

MAS is working closely with the respective embassies to notify the next-of-kin of the deceased.

The Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysia Airlines MH17 jetliner crashed Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, with all the 298 passengers and crew members on board reportedly killed. It was believed to have been shot down.

Also read: Indian-origin steward on-board MH17

This is the second major tragedy for Malaysia Airlines this year after flight MH370 with 239 passengers and crew on board went missing while going from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing March 8 and remains untraced till date.

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