MH17 crash: Three Shell Malaysia employees were on board

PETALING JAYA: Three Shell Malaysia employees were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine on Thursday.

A company spokesman confirmed that the employees were on board the aircraft which was enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our three colleagues and friends, and we mourn their loss and the loss of the lives of everyone on board Flight MH17," the spokesman said on Friday.

The spokesman added that Shell Malaysia was rendering its support to the families of its employees who were on the flight.

Flight MH17 disappeared from radar screens in eastern Ukraine at around 1415 GMT, hours after the Boeing 777, bound for Kuala Lumpur, had taken off from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

It is believed to have been accidentally shot down 50km from the Ukraine-Russia border.

All 298 passengers on board are believed to have perished.

The area is currently being held by pro-Russian separatists.