An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Picture: Maxim Zmeyev

Cape Town - A South African national was aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 when it crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, according to a report carried in Beeld.

The newspaper named the man as helicopter pilot Cameron Dalziel. He reportedly worked for a helicopter company in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Department of International Relations said on Friday morning that it was still waiting for a report on the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down in Ukraine to see if any South Africans were on board.

“We are waiting for a response from our mission in Kuala Lumpur to see if there were any South Africans aboard the plane,” spokesman Nelson Kgwete said. - IOL and Sapa