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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: 1 Canadian aboard, official says

07/17/2014 05:05 EDT | Updated 09/16/2014 05:59 EDT
Officials in the Netherlands say at least one Canadian was among the 295 people on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing all on board.

The information was read at a news conference by officials from Malaysia Airlines and the Amsterdam airport, where the flight to Kuala Lumpur originated.

Jos Nijhuis, CEO of Schiphol Airport, confirmed the 15-member crew were Malaysian nationals and said the plane also carried:

- 154 Dutch passengers.

- 27 from Australia.

- 23 from Malaysia.

- 11 Indonesians.

- Six from the United Kingdom.

- Four from Germany.

- Four from Belgium.

- Three from the Philippines.

No names were given, and the official said the nationalities of some passengers were still being determined.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet earlier Thursday it was still trying to determine if there were any Canadians on board the flight. The department also tweeted that anyone who knows of Canadians on flight MH17 or requires information about family or relatives should call 1-800-387-3124 or email sos@international.gc.ca.

The Ukrainian government says the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down.

The government in Kyiv and pro-Russia separatists fighting in Ukraine's eastern region both denied they were responsible for bringing down the plane.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird tweeted he was horrified to learn of the crash and that the government is following the situation closely.

The airline says it was notified by Ukrainian aviation authorities that they lost contact with flight MH17 about 50 kilometres from the border with Russia.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling for an international investigation into the crash, saying it was an act of terrorism.

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