07/18/2014 11:27 EDT | Updated 09/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Andrei Anghel, from Ajax, Ont., was on crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Andrei Anghel, a 24-year-old from Ajax, Ont., was on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed Thursday in Eastern Ukraine, CBC News has confirmed.

Anghel was one of 298 people on board the plane. He is believed to be the lone Canadian on board.

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

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

In a statement, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the crash.

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