A New Zealand woman has been confirmed as being among the
victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully confirmed the death
and said another person, a British citizen who had been
living in New Zealand, was also killed.
The New Zealand woman, a longtime resident of Australia, was
travelling with her husband, a Dutch citizen.
The British citizen woman was also travelling with a spouse.
Mr McCully, speaking at a press conference this afternoon,
called the MH17 crash a "terrible tragedy''.
"Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those
involved,'' he said.
Mr McCully warned there was a possibility more New Zealanders
could be among the 298 who were aboard.
"The identities of all those on board was still to be
confirmed,'' he said.
Mr McCully said the families, who were being supported, had
asked for privacy.
He also said he would be meeting Russian officials, saying he
was concerned over reports the crash site was not being kept
secure and that he wanted to see a concise investigation into