PETALING JAYA: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has tweeted from Beijing that he has received news of MH17's crash and will provide more details once he gets it from authorities.
“I have received news on MH17. We are still investigating and will provide more details once we have them,” he tweeted at around 9.48am Beijing time.
Prime Minister Datuk Najib Tun Razak and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein have already tweeted their thoughts on the crash and said that investigations will be launched as soon as possible.
The KL-bound Boeing 777 which departed from Amsterdam, was reported to have crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border.
There were a total 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers on board.
The plane is reported to have crashed in a conflicted area near Donetsk.
MAS sources said the plane did not enter Russian airspace.
Sources said the plane was "shot down" while it was cruising at an altitude of 10,000m.
MAS announced that they lost contact with MH17 and was last known to have been in Ukranian airspace