The Dutch Safety Board has released its report on flight MH17- See Video below.
It reports a BUK surface-to-air missile was used with a 9N314M warhead to down the Malaysian plane over Eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year. All 298 including 80 children, and 15 crew members were killed.
The Boeing 777 was flying over a war zone containing the type of arms necessary to strike the plane. Ukrainian aviation regulators were aware of the dangers to civil aviation aircraft and yet kept the airspace open till after the fatal shoot down.
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“In the months before the crash, at least 16 military airplanes and helicopters were shot down in the eastern part of Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities were aware of this. They stated that, occasionally, weapon systems were used that could reach the cruising altitude of civil airliners. Yet, despite of all this, Ukraine did not close its airspace,” said Tjibbe Joustra, the Dutch Safety Board chairman.
The announcement at an airbase in Gilze Rijen in the Netherlands mentioned that civil aviation aircraft should not have been allowed to fly over the east of Ukraine, due to the risk of a plane being struck.
Tjibbe Joustra, the Dutch Safety Board chairman stated that there were more than enough reasons to close the airspace of eastern Ukraine and that Kiev should have taken these steps.
“It is clear that Ukraine already had sufficient reason to close the airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine as a precaution before 17 July 2014. None of the parties involved recognized the risk posed to overflying civil aircraft by the armed conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine,” a press release from the Dutch Safety Board stated.
No such precautions were taken and 160 different commercial aircraft were flying along the same corridor from which MH17 was downed.
160 flights operated in the area at the day of the crash – Dutch Safety Board https://t.co/v6frE4HYSL pic.twitter.com/YbDA2iBvPd
— RT (@RT_com) October 13, 2015
Immediately after the tragic accident took place, airspace over the region was closed.
The Dutch Safety Board also mentioned that they have been unable to determine who was in control of the particular area where the BUK missile was fired from.
They added that the warhead was detonated from somewhere within a 320 sq km area in the east of Ukraine. However, they did agree that it was a 9N314M warhead launched by a BUK surface-to-air missile was responsible for downing the Malaysia Airlines plane.
Dutch probe: Russian comments on #MH17 investigation were helpful and adopted in report http://t.co/JFCE1FaT4b pic.twitter.com/5haxKRzvUj
— RT (@RT_com) October 13, 2015
It detonated to the left and above the cockpit and the forward section of the aircraft was penetrated by hundreds of high energy objects, which came from the warhead. This caused the airplane to breakup immediately and wreckage was distributed over an area of 50 sq km.
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