As it happened: Reaction to MH17 Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine

Key points

  • Pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine are to allow investigators access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
  • The UN Security Council has demanded a "full, thorough and independent international investigation"
  • Contact was lost with the plane as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur at 14:15 GMT on Thursday
  • Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels accuse each other of shooting down the plane
  • There were 298 passengers and crew on board, 189 of them Dutch citizens
  • All times in BST (GMT +1).

Live text

Reporting:

  • Helier Cheung 
  • Amber Dawson 
  • Tom Geoghegan 
  • Tessa Wong 
  • Emma Brant 
  • Alastair Lawson 
  • Patrick Jackson 

Last updated 18 July 2014

STANDARD 00:34

Hello and welcome back to our live updates on the Ukraine plane crash.

STANDARD 00:35

Let's start with a recap of events. Almost 300 people are presumed dead after a Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in eastern Ukraine close to the border with Russia.

STANDARD 00:45

The crashed plane was a Boeing 777-200ER, the same model as that of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March.

STANDARD 00:46

According to Malaysia Airlines, the plane lost contact four hours after leaving Amsterdam en route to Kuala Lumpur, at 14:15 GMT, 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.

STANDARD 00:47

Both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels who have been fighting in the region have denied shooting it down.

STANDARD 00:50

US Vice-President Joe Biden said he believed the incident was not an accident, and the plane was "blown out of the sky".

STANDARD 00:51

Malaysia Airlines says the flight route for MH17 had been earlier declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and the airspace was not subject to restrictions.

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STANDARD 00:55

Malaysia Airlines has listed the nationalities on board: 154 Dutch, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 9 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, 1 Canadian, and 41 people of unverified nationalities.

STANDARD 00:57

Many of those on board were Dutch, and people gathered near the Dutch embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, to express condolences.

People outside Dutch Embassy, Kiev