Inquiry finds MH17 shot down by Russian-made BUK missile: Dutch paper

By AFP
Published: October 13, 2015
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Members of the Dutch export team watch as parts of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are removed and loaded on a truck at the crash site near the village of Grabove in eastern Ukraine, on November 16 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Members of the Dutch export team watch as parts of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are removed and loaded on a truck at the crash site near the village of Grabove in eastern Ukraine, on November 16 2014. PHOTO: AFP

THE HAGUE: International investigators have concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine, a Dutch daily said Tuesday.

The final report was due to be officially unveiled at 1115 GMT Tuesday at a Dutch military base.

Read: Families brace for final MH17 air crash report

It seeks to end 15 months of speculation about why the Boeing 777 broke up in mid-air killing all 298 people on board.

Quoting three sources close to the investigation, the respected Volkskrant daily said the inquiry had found the plane was hit by a BUK surface-to-air missile on July 17, 2014 as it was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The report contains maps of the crash site, where the wreckage was strewn across fields close to the Ukrainian village of Grabove, in the war-torn area of Donetsk controlled by the pro-Russian separatists.

It rejects Moscow’s contention that the plane was hit by a missile fired by Ukrainian troops as it flew at some 33,000 feet above the territory, Volkskrant said.

The Dutch Safety Board, which led the international team of investigators, has stressed that its mandate was not to determine who pulled the trigger, amid a separate probe by Dutch prosecutors.

But two sources told the Volkskrant that “the BUK missile is developed and made in Russia.”

Read: Russia likely to veto UN vote on MH17 tribunal

“It can be assumed that the rebels would not be able to operate such a device. I suspect the involvement of former Russian military officials,” one told the paper.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • akram.
    Oct 13, 2015 - 1:45PM

    well Denmark is part of NATO and they would do what ever they can to reign in Russia.Recommend

  • Olexii
    Oct 13, 2015 - 2:27PM

    @akram.:
    Lol! Dutch means “from Netherlands”.Recommend

  • Oct 13, 2015 - 3:23PM

    This information will also be provided in the official report on the accident investigation ? Home to World War III does not start as a result of such local conflicts .Recommend

  • Alym
    Oct 13, 2015 - 3:38PM

    WTF. 15 month and no any good information! it is look somebody know, that it was Ukarine missle. and somebody don’t want to show it. otherwise they said, that it was russia very fast!Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 13, 2015 - 11:29PM

    @Alym:
    You somehow neglected to show us credible information that it was a Ukranian launched missile!!
    You were able to review all the relevant information on this incident that the investigative team had accumulated, OR NOT!Recommend

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