In a Twitter message, the prime minister wrote, "I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation."
I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) July 17, 2014
Malaysia Airlines released a statement that the Boeing 777 was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew member when it disappeared "approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border." It had been scheduled to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6:10 a.m. local time on Friday.