Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight MH-17 with the
registration number 9M-MRD flies over Poland from Amsterdam
to Kuala Lumpur in this April 12, 2012 photo. Photo from
Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 has been shot down over
the Ukraine. What do you need to know?
• 298 people were on board.
• The Malaysia Airlines plane is a Boeing 777-200ER, which
was delivered to Malaysia Airlines on July 30, 1997. It has
more than 43,000 hours of flight time and 6950 takeoffs and
• It departed from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 12.14pm
Thursday local time and was expected to land at Kuala Lumpur
6.10am Friday local time (10am NZ time Friday).
• Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with
one of its flights as it was travelling from Amsterdam to
Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace.
• According to Malaysia Airlines, air traffic control lost
contact with the plane at 2:15am local time.
• Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior
minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at
an altitude of 10,000 metres (33,000 feet). He said it was
hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher, which can fire
missiles up to an altitude of 22,000 metres (72,000 feet).
• The Donetsk region government said a plane crashed
Thursday near a village called Grabovo, which it said is
currently under the control of armed pro-Russian separatists.
The region where the flight was lost has seen severe fighting
between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels in
• It has been confirmed 154 Dutch citizens were on board, as
were 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, six UK
citizens, four Germans, four French, four Belgium nationals,
three Filipinos and one Canadian. An infant was among those
on board. The nationality of the other 58 passengers on board
had yet to be determined
• It is believed up to 80 children were among the passengers.
• The following major airlines have confirmed they are
airspace: Lufthansa, KLM, Aeroflot, Virgin
Airlines, Delta, Air France, British