The plane was en route to Perth after Kuala Lumpur, and Australian officials are seeking access to the site of the crash, according to Reuters.
Passenger names are just beginning to be released, while the airline begins to notify their next-of-kin and foreign governments work on identifying victims.
Earlier on Thursday, Chinese-language Malaysian news agency Sin Chew released crew member names. All were Malaysian citizens.
Captain: Wan Amran Bin Wan Hussin (male, 50 years old)
Captain: Eugene Choo Jin Leong (male, 45 years old)
Vice- captain: Ahmad Hakimi Bin Hanapi (male, 29 years old)
Vice- captain: Muhamad Firdaus Bin Abdul Rahim (male, 27 years old)
Mohd Ghafar Bin Abu Bakar (male, 54 years old)
Dora Shamila Binti Kassim (female, 47 years old)
Azrina Binti Yakob (female, 41 years old)
Lee Hui Pin (female, 42 years old)
Mastura Binti Mustafa (female, 40 years old)
Chong Yee Pheng (female, 40 years old)
Shaikh Mohd Noor Bin Mahmood (male, 44 years old)
Sanjid Singh Sandhu (male, 41 years old)
Hamfazlin Sham Binti Mohamed Arifin (female, 42 years old)
Nur Shazana Binti Mohamed Salleh (female, 31 years old)
Angeline Premila Rajandaran (female, 30 years old)
According to a statement published on the airline’s website Thursday night passenger nationalities were as follows: 154 Dutch; 43 citizens of Malaysia; 27 from Australia; 12 from Indonesia; 9 from the United Kingdom; 4 each from Germany and Belgium; 3 from the Philippines; and on from Canada. The nationalities of 41 victims are still unverified.
The airline added that all of its European flights will be taking alternative routes