At least one Hong Kong resident was on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine yesterday, the city’s Immigration Department confirmed.
An inside source told the South China Morning Post that the passenger was a man surnamed Fan in his 50s who’d been traveling with his Malaysian wife.
“After preliminary verification of the passenger lists the Immigration Department found that one Hong Kong resident and his or her relative who held an overseas passport took the flight involved in the accident. We have immediately contacted their relatives … and will offer any possible assistance,” a department statement on Friday said.
The department said it was continuing to verify if any other local residents were on the downed flight.
The plane was traveling from Amsterdam on an overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a suspected Russian-made missile at a height of approximately 10,000 meters and crashed to the ground.
The plane was believed to be carrying 298 people on board. A statement issued by the airliner confirmed that the victims included 154 Dutch, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, nine Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian. The nationality of 40 other passengers has yet to be verified. It’s presumed that no one survived the crash.
A group of at least 100 international HIV/Aids experts en route to Melbourne were among passengers on board the doomed flight.