Malaysia Airlines Describes Passenger Manifest

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A senior vice president for Malaysia Airlines said on Thursday that at least 154 Dutch citizens were on board the passenger airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine. Video quality as incoming. (July 17)

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Amsterdam, Netherlands - July 17, 2014

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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Huib Gorter, Senior Vice President of Malaysia Airlines:

"154 Dutch passengers were on board the aircraft. 27 Australian passengers, 23 Malaysian, 11 Indonesian, six from the UK, four from Germany, four from Belgium, three from the Philippines and one Canadian. Now the rest we have not yet identified the nationality. We are in the process of verifying the data we've got."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Huib Gorter, Senior Vice President of Malaysia Airlines:

"Now the nationality of the crew are all Malaysian - 15 crew. The four flight deck crew, two first officers, two captains and 11 cabin crew.

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Fauziah Mohd Taib, Malaysian Ambassador to the Netherlands:

"It is with great sympathy that I hear the news about this incident. On behalf of the government of Malaysia here in the Netherlands I would like to express my condolences, in particular to the Dutch government and the people for this amount of victims in this accident, incident."

STORYLINE:

A senior vice president for Malaysia Airlines said on Thursday that at least 154 Dutch citizens were on board the passenger airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine.

Huib Gorter told media at a news conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, that there were also at least "27 Australian passengers, 23 Malaysian, 11 Indonesian, six from the UK, four from Germany, four from Belgium, three from the Philippines and one Canadian" on board.

He said the nationality of the rest of the victims was still to be identified.

He added that all the crew members were Malaysian.

"Now the nationality of the crew are all Malaysian - 15 crew. The four flight deck crew, two first officers, two captains and 11 cabin crew," he said.

Fauziah Mohd Taib, Malaysian Ambassador to the Netherlands, also expressed her condolences for the loss of so many on board.

The plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said. It was carrying 295 people on board.

Both the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

The Boeing 777-200ER, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, appeared to have broken up before impact and the burning wreckage - which included body parts and the belongings of passengers - was scattered over a wide area.

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