A Malaysia Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in near Donetsk, killing 295 people, with Ukraine officials claiming it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian separatists.
The disaster comes only four months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished on a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on March 8 with 239 people aboard, including New Zealanders Paul Weeks, 38, and Ximin Wang, 50.
First thoughts are with the families of the 295 passengers and crew on board.
Second thoughts are with Malaysian Airlines. Unlike MH370, this doesn’t look like it has anything to do with the actions of Malaysian Airlines or their staff. However I suspect they will face a huge loss of patronage after this.
Hopefully those responsible are identified and jailed.