Saturday, May 30, 2015Saturday, May 30, 2015

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: 298 people, including 3 infants, were on board, says MAS

Published on Jul 18, 2014 7:56 AM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines has clarified that flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine on Thursday night, was carrying 298 people, comprising 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Three of the passengers were infants.

Earlier reports said the plane was carrying 295 passengers and crew.

"As opposed to the earlier statement, the flight was carrying a total number of 298 people - comprising 283 passengers including three infants of various nationalities and 15 crew of Malaysian nationality. Some of the nationalities of the passengers are yet to be determined," the airlines said in a statement issued on Friday morning.

The statement also gave a breakdown of the people on board, according to nationality:

Relatives of people onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam react outside the family holding area at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

Netherlands: 154

Malaysia: 45 (including 15 crew and 2 infants)

Australia: 27

Indonesia: 12 (including 1 infant)

United Kingdom: 9

Germany: 4

Belgium: 4

Philippines: 3

Canada: 1

Unverified: 41