Date
29 May 2017
Suspected missile parts have been found in a debris field in eastern Ukraine where MH17 was shot down last year. Photo: Reuters
Suspected missile parts have been found in a debris field in eastern Ukraine where MH17 was shot down last year. Photo: Reuters

Investigators examine suspected missile parts in MH17 downing

Investigators are examining possible missile parts that might have come from the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

The debris was found in an area within range of the suspected missile strike that destroyed the aircraft on July 17 last year.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the parts could provide the clearest indication on what brought down the airliner from a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet.

In an interim report last year, the Dutch Safety Board said the Boeing 777 was struck by “high-energy objects”, consistent with the widely held view that the plane was brought down by an advanced anti-aircraft weapon.

Ukraine has accused Russian-backed militants operating in the area of shooting down the plane, while the rebels have suggested Ukrainian forces were responsible.

Russia last month vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution to establish an international criminal tribunal to investigate the downing.

“The parts are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17,” the Dutch Safety Board and the Dutch-led joint investigation Team said.

The safety board is leading the investigation into the cause of the crash because 193 Dutch citizens were onboard the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

All 298 people on board were killed.

The seven pieces of debris, possibly from a Buk missile, were recovered in eastern Ukraine in recent months, the safety board said.

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