MH17 Downed in Ukraine: Dutch Safety Board Report Blames Missile

Today, the Dutch Safety Board has released the final report concerning the disaster that occurred in Ukraine last year whereby an airplane crashed killing all the people onboard. Read the full report here.

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The wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in Grabovo in the Donetsk region.

What had happened to the Malaysian Airlines MH17 that was downed over Ukraine back in July 2014? A total of 298 people were killed when the aircraft was apparently shot down.

According to the Dutch Safety Board President Djibbe Joustra, a Russian-made Buk missile struck the aircraft. Upon studying the impact pattern on the plane, the investigators concludes it was the result of a missile, and not other possible causes like a meteor, or internal explosion.

Furthermore, paint spotted on metal fragments within the plane matched with that on the pieces of missile collected from the ground.

The damage is said to have been done by a 9N314M warhead, which can be set up onto a 9M38M1 missile fired by the Buk surface-to-air missile system.

Russia claims that the crash was caused by a missile shot from territory controlled by Ukraine. On the other hand, Ukraine argue Russian-backed rebels were behind the tragedy.

The report itself does not point fingers at either country, but according to BBC, Mr Joustra argues that the Ukrainian airspace should have been closed off to commercial traffic.

Another criminal investigation report will soon be published in a few months’ time.

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