Malaysian airline MH 17 was shot down as it was enroute from Amesterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The airline was shot down in separatists controlled eastern Ukraine killing all 298 passengers on board including the flight crew.
Leaders from across the world expressed grief and were saddened by the incident. US President Barack Obama expressed condolences to the people of Malaysia as well as all the families who lost loved ones in the tragic event.
Obama directed his national security team to continue offering whatever assistance is necessary to advance the international effort to determine what happened, the White House said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine for the MH 17 tragedy saying that the incident wouldn't have taken place if there was peace in Ukraine.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who returned from BRICS Summit on Thursday tweeted about the tragedy-
Our thoughts & prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives on board Flight MH17. We stand with them in this hour of grief.
Our thoughts & prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives on board Flight MH17. We stand with them in this hour of grief.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 18, 2014
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a speech in the Parliament said: "This is a grim day for our world." ABout 27 Australians were on board in MH 17.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday said that the crash was an act of terrorism and sought thorough investigation in to the incident.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted-
I'm shocked and saddened by the Malaysian air disaster. Officials from across Whitehall are meeting to establish the facts.
I'm shocked and saddened by the Malaysian air disaster. Officials from across Whitehall are meeting to establish the facts.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) July 17, 2014
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said that the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 which went down in eastern Ukraine did not give a distress call before it crashed, media reported on Friday.
Najib said that the flight route was declared safe by International Civil Aviation Organisation and International Air Transport Association (IATA) stated that the airspace MH17 was traversing was not subjected to restrictions, the Malaysian Star reported.
With agency inputs