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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Seven passengers were bound for Singapore

Published on Jul 18, 2014 7:55 AM

SINGAPORE - Seven passengers on board a Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday were bound for Singapore via Kuala Lumpur.

At least three were Dutch nationals, The Straits Times has learnt. It is not known if any of the other four were Singaporeans.

Relatives and friends who turned up at Changi Airport on Friday morning are being attended to by airport officials.

There were 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which crashed while crossing above a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting forces controlled by the government in the capital Kiev.

Emergencies ministry members walk at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysia Airlines has yet to verify the nationalities of 41 of the passengers, mainly Dutch nationals, who were on board the flight. The crew members were all Malaysians.