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Team from Malaysia flies to Ukraine to investigate Boeing crash causes

July 18, 2014, 18:28 UTC+3
A total of 298 people, including all passengers and crewmembers, were killed in the crash
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The crash site

The crash site

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 18. / ITAR-TASS /. Malaysia sent to Ukraine rescue squad, military, medical and other professionals.

"We're going there to establish the causes of the incident, as well as to organize exploratory work," the Malaysian representative of the armed forces Major Sharih said.

Special transport was used for sending staff to Ukraine. However, no special equipment was observed on that flight. Earlier, Malaysian Minister of Transport Hussein Hishammuddin has said Malaysia will send a group of 62 specialists to the crash site. The minister said that the group is comprised of the Malaysian Air Force representatives, aviation experts and doctors.

Meanwhile, around the airport placed calls to pray and remember the victims of the crash. 

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in Ukraine’s embattled eastern Donetsk Region on Thursday night.

A total of 298 people, including all passengers and crewmembers, were killed in the crash. Earlier reports cited the figure of 295 people killed, however, it turned out later that three infants were unaccounted for on the tragic flight.

The Kiev authorities accused Russia and Ukrainian militias for being behind the air disaster.

The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) reported on Friday that Ukraine’s authorities sealed air space over the country’s eastern regions following the Malaysian aircraft’s crash.

The Malaysian Transportation Ministry also stated in its press release that the killed passengers in the crash were citizens of the Netherlands (154), Malaysia (45), Australia (27), Indonesia (12), the United Kingdom (9), Germany (4), Belgium (4), the Philippines (3), Canada (1). Nationalities of 41 more passengers are still to be verified, according the ministry.

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