UN Chief calls for full probe into Malaysia Airlines crash

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The Secretary-General has called for a "full and transparent" international investigation into Thursday's crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane.

Mr Ban Ki-moon issued a statement to the press during a photo-op with his two newly-appointed senior advisors to Syria.

According to media reports, the Boeing 777 was en route from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, when it crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border.

The plane was reportedly carrying 295 people.

The UN Chief said he was closely monitoring reports, along with the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency.

He also offered his deep condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and people of Malaysia.

The tragedy comes just a few months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished shortly after take-off from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers on board.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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