SINGAPORE - No Singaporeans have been reported to be on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday night, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
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Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reproduced in full below:
"Singapore is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 on 17 July 2014. The Government and people of Singapore send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims in this time of profound grief. We also stand in solidarity with the Government and people of Malaysia during this difficult period.
"It is important that a full and transparent investigation take place to establish what caused the crash. The investigation team should be given full access to the affected areas and evidence. We stand ready to offer any possible assistance.
"At this point, there have been no reports of Singaporean victims. MFA remains in close contact with MAS and the relevant airport authorities to ascertain the nationality of the unverified passengers. Singaporeans who require consular assistance should contact the MFA Duty Office (24-hours) at:
"Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855 (24 hours)
"MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
18 JULY 2014"