Flight 17: Desperate Family Members Gather at the Amsterdam Airport

Majority of passengers on the plane were Dutch nationals; 43 other nationalities unidentified; one family did not board.
2:16 | 07/17/14

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Transcript for Flight 17: Desperate Family Members Gather at the Amsterdam Airport
In Amsterdam where the jet took off, a horrific night for families. Tonight they're awaiting for official word now, one family walking arm in arm there, this man, the anguish overwhelming. Tonight we wait to learn if Americans were an board. Lama Hasan with the stunning image one passenger captured right before that plane took off. Reporter: Tonight, desperate family members gathering at Amsterdam's schiphol airport. Flight 17 took off here this morning. And across the world, in Kuala Lumpur, where it was supposed to land. Now, the first details emerging about those 295 souls on board. 280 passengers, 15 crew, all believed to have died. These haunting images of what appear to be their passports in the rubble. On board, Australians, Malaysians and Brits, not all nationalities identified at this hour. More than 150 passenger Dutch, like this couple on their way to a beach vacation in Bali. The couple had recently opened a flower shop in their Dutch hometown. He was a drummer in a band there. On his Facebook page, this eerie message posted just before takeoff, what appears to be the doomed plane with the caption, should it disappear, this is what it looks like, a reference to the previous Malaysian airlines flight 370 that vanished over the Indian ocean in March. All day we've been seeing messages from distressed loved ones. One of the crews on board was my sister's friend one tweet read. You get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. We were supposed to be on that flight. Obviously there was something watching over us and saying, no, don't get on that flight. Reporter: David, we've seen desperate families gather here all night in Amsterdam schiphol airport trying to get more information. The majority of passengers on board that flight were Dutch nationals. At this hour there are still dozens of unidentified passengers, unidentified nationalities. We still don't know if there were any Americans on board. David? Still so many families around the world and here in America waiting for that list.

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