In a message to the King of Malaysia, Abdul Halim, the President said, "I wish to convey my sincere grief and sympathy to the government and people of Malaysia on the crash of the Malaysian Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine on Friday leading to the loss of so many precious lives.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the nationals of Malaysia and other countries who lost their lives in this tragic incident," he said.

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed after it was shot down by suspected pro-Russian Ukraine rebels, killing all 298 people on board.

President expresses grief over MH17 crash

President Pranab Mukherjee earlier condoled the crash of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet and expressed sorrow and sympathy over the tragedy that claimed lives of 298 people.

It is worth mentioning that Malaysia Airlines MH17 jetliner crashed on Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, with all 298 passengers and crew members on board killed.

The disaster has deeply shocked Malaysia, which is still grappling with the trauma of the March 8 disappearance of MH370 with 239 passengers and crew aboard.



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