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Celebs express sadness over MH17 crash

Celebrities and sports personalities worldwide have on Friday (July 18) taken to social media platforms in light of the devastating crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

SINGAPORE: Celebrities and sports personalities worldwide have on Friday (July 18) taken to social media platforms in light of the devastating crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in East Ukraine on Thursday.

298 people were on board the Kuala Lumpur-bound Boeing 777 airliner from Amsterdam.

Tweeted Malaysian two-time Olympics silver medallist badminton player Lee Chong Wei: “Just heard a terrible news. I don’t think we are ready to accept this so soon after the #MH370 tragedy… Let’s #PrayForMH17 everyone”.

On March 8 this year, Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board. The plane diverted from its usual Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight path. In a span of less than 5 months, Malaysia Airlines suffered yet another tragedy in the air.

“Such horrible news. My heart goes out to the victims and their surviving families. We take so much for granted. #MH17 #MalaysiaAirlines RIP,” tweeted American rapper Nicki Minaj.

"Modern Family"actress Sarah Hyland said on Twitter, “my thoughts are with the victims and families of flight #MH17 It's absolutely terrifying to think about”. 

Singer-songwriter R. Kelly also responded to the tragedy, “my prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones on the #MalaysiaAirlines flight. #RIP,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Let's all stop for a while to offer up a prayer for the passengers and crew on board this flight,” tweeted actor Pierre Png.

“This is too sudden. I cannot accept it. Very painful,” said Malaysian singer Fish Leong in a micro blog post.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said, “this is a tragic day, in what has already been a tragic year, for Malaysia”.

He added, “if it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice”.

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