MH17 Ukraine dis­as­ter: Dutch Safety Board blames mis­sile

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Malaysian Air­lines Flight MH17 crashed as a re­sult of a Rus­sian­made Buk mis­sile, the Dutch Safety Board says.

The mis­sile hit the front left of the plane caus­ing other parts to break off, it said in a fi­nal re­port into the July 2014 dis­as­ter, which killed 298 peo­ple.

The West and Ukraine say Rus­sian-backed rebels brought down the Boe­ing 777, but Rus­sia blames Ukrainian forces.

The re­port does not say who fired the mis­sile, but says airspace over eastern Ukraine should have been closed.

The plane - fly­ing from Am­s­ter­dam to Kuala Lumpur - crashed at the height of the con­flict be­tween gov­ern­ment troops and the pro-Rus­sian sep­a­ratists.

Among the vic­tims were 196 Dutch na­tion­als and 10 Bri­tons.

The re­port says the three crew mem­bers in the cock­pit were killed by the mis­sile ex­plo­sion in­stantly.

How­ever, it adds, it was un­clear at which point the other oc­cu­pants died, and the pos­si­bil­ity of some re­main­ing con­scious for some time dur­ing the one-and-a-half min­utes it took for the plane to go down could not be ruled out.

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