Three Vietnamese nationals are among the 298 passengers who were onboard the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, according to the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia.
The victims are Nguyen Ngoc Minh, 37, and two her children Dang Minh Chau, 17, and Dang Quoc Huy, 13.
The mother and her children had planned to transfer in Malaysia before flying to Vietnam for a summer vacation, the embassy said.
On Friday Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang sent his condolences to Malaysian King Apdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah regarding the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, the Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, said that Vietnam has called for a prompt investigation into this catastrophe that killed 283 passengers and 15 crew members of Malaysian nationality.
Vietnam has called on concerned parties in Ukraine to exercise restraint and avoid taking actions that further complicate the situation and cause losses for civilians. They should instead try their best, through dialogue, to find a peaceful solution for stability and development in the country and the region.
The deceased include 192 Dutch nationals, 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 9 British nationals, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, one Canadian, one New Zealander, and one person whose nationality has not yet been identified, according to Malaysian Ambassador to the United Nations Hussein Haniff.