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Dutch say need to know MH17 missile launch site to prosecute

Dutch prosecutors said yesterday they need to know where a missile that may have shot down flight MH17 was fired from in eastern Ukraine before criminal charges could be laid. "When we know from where it was fired, then we can find out who controlled that area," and possibly prosecute, Dutch chief investigator Fred Westerbeke told journalists in Rotterdam. "The most likely scenario was that the plane was shot down from the ground," he said. Dutch authorities have taken the lead in...

Numerous objects hit MH17: Dutch experts

Numerous objects hit MH17: Dutch experts

Dutch experts say Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 broke up in mid-air after being hit by "objects" that "pierced the plane at high velocity" in July. The new report also said there was "no evidence of technical or human error". Correspondents say this matches claims that MH17 was hit by missile shrapnel. Investigators relied on cockpit data,...

After disasters, stricken Malaysia Airlines staff brace for job cuts

After disasters, stricken Malaysia Airlines staff brace for job cuts

As bodies from downed Flight MH17 were brought home last week, a group of Malaysia Airlines flight attendants, in black mourning headscarves contrasting with their pink and turquoise uniforms, sobbed and clung to each other in grief. The 19,500 staff of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) now face a new ordeal - a quarter of them...

Experts scour MH17 site for more remains

International experts yesterday pushed with their painstaking probe at the vast crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, deploying sniffer dogs to help find any remains still left at the scene. Some 70 Dutch and Australian police investigators were back for a second day to scour through the wreckage, while those leading the hunt have warned the grim task could take some three weeks to complete. An AFP journalist, asked by the probe team to remain a few hundred...

Netherlands mourns as bodies flown in

Netherlands mourns as bodies flown in

  The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week yesterday arrived at a military base in the Netherlands - a nation in shock and sorrow. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 came down in an...

Ukrainian villagers recall how MH17 victims dropped from the sky

Ukrainian villagers recall how MH17 victims dropped from the sky

Bodies dropped from the sky onto streets and houses like weights as the burning aircraft disintegrated as it plummeted to the ground, rural Ukrainians recalled. Valeny Vodnev, 50, said he was in his house when he heard two booming sounds. Thinking it was an attack by Ukrainian armed forces, he ran out and saw...

Ukrainian military jet flew close to flight MH17?

A senior Russian officer has claimed that a Ukrainian military jet was flying just a few kilometres from the Malaysian Airlines plane minutes before it was downed, while also refuting allegations that it had provided separatists with BUK missile launchers. In a statement to a press conference yesterday, Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov said the defence ministry would like to know “why the military jet was flying along [the same civil aviation lines] at almost the same time and at the same...

Leadership and a downed plane

Leadership and a downed plane

The tragic downing of flight MH17 is now a test of leadership. While some politicians have demonstrated respect for lives lost and reacted with restraint, others have sought to capitalise on tragedy to propel self-serving, national and geopolitical interests. The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine once again reminded that the...

MH17 victims train bound for unknown destination

MH17 victims train bound for unknown destination

The bodies of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are being loaded on to three railway carriages, apparently with refrigerator capability, which are standing at the train station in the town of Torez, several miles from the crash site in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, reports the British daily The Guardian. The Guardian witnessed...

Malaysian plane 'shot down'

Malaysian plane 'shot down'

  A Malaysian airliner was “brought down” over eastern Ukraine yesterday, reportedly killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides. Ukraine accused "terrorists" -- militants fighting to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia -- of shooting down...

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