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Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Made No Distress Call

"This is a tragic day in what has already been a tragic year for Malaysia," prime minister says.
/ Source: Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. Najib Razak, who addressed a middle-of-the-night news conference after speaking with President Barack Obama as well as the leaders of Ukraine and the Netherlands, said "no stone will be left unturned" in finding out what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the 298 people on board.

"This is a tragic day in what has already been a tragic year for Malaysia," Najib said, referring to missing Flight 370. "If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice." Najib said the aircraft flight route was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The International Air Transportation Association had also stated that the air space that the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions, he said. Besides, "Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the aircraft did not make a distress call."


- The Associated Press