MH17 fragment “confirms missile theory”

Plane fragment found by Dutch journalist in Ukraine
Fragments taken from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine continue to be analysed – by journalists as well as officials. Dutch broadcaster RTL claims that a metal fragment in its possession confirms the theory that a surface-to-air BUK missile brought the plane down.
The fragment was found by a Dutch journalist in the village of Hrabove several months ago, close to where the plane crashed in July 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
RTL had it tested by international forensic experts including military analysts IHS Jane’s in London, who said it matched the explosive charge of the Russian-made BUK anti-aircraft missile system.
The Dutch Safety Board is officially investigating the cause of the crash. In reaction to the news from RTL, it said that its own investigation was in “full progress and focuses on many more sources than only the shrapnel. […] Additional investigation material is welcome, but it is imperative that it can be indisputably shown that there is a relationship between the material and the downed aircraft.”
Reuters
[pictured: SA-11 (Buk) missile launcher; Wikipedia image by Olli-Jukka Paloneva]


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