There were 298 people, including 154 Dutch nationals, on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, the carrier said.
The flight "was carrying a total number of 298 people -- comprising 283 passengers including three infants of various nationalities and 15 crew of Malaysian nationality," the airline said in an emailed statement.
Air traffic control lost contact with the Boeing 777-400 around 14:15 (12:15 GMT) near the Russian-Ukrainian border, Malaysia Airlines has said.
The flight took off from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam shortly after noon Thursday and was supposed to land in Kuala Lumpur at around 6:10 am Friday local time.
Malaysia Airlines will send a team to Ukraine on Friday to help with the investigation.
Another plane will also be made available to grieving relatives wanting to visit the crash site, an official said.
Here is a collection of newspaper front pages from around in world in the wake of the tragedy:
The Guardian UK
Guardian front page, Friday 18 July 2014: Murder in the sky: missile destroys jet and kills 295 pic.twitter.com/zWLqc6Mru0— The Guardian (@guardian) July 17, 2014
The Times of London
Daily Mail UK
Just published: front page of the Financial Times US edition Fri Jul 18 pic.twitter.com/Wyo5RfYASz— Financial Times (@FT) July 17, 2014
The Daily Telegraph