Malaysia Airlines MH17

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2 Nations Hold Russia Responsible for Downing Jet

Netherlands, Australia plan to seek legal compensation over MH17 crash in 2014

(Newser) - "The only conclusion we can reasonably now draw is that Russia was directly involved in the downing of MH17," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday—a day after investigators concluded the missile system used to bring the plane down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to the... More »

Investigators Link MH17 Disaster to Russian Military

Missile came from Russian military, in military convoy: investigators

(Newser) - The missile system used to shoot down MH17 over eastern Ukraine four years ago, killing 298 people, came from the Russian military, Dutch investigators revealed Thursday. Investigators previously concluded the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down on July 17, 2014, by a missile launched by a Russian-made Buk missile system... More »

Russia-Made Kids Bed Modeled on Launcher That Shot MH17

Furniture-maker doesn't see a problem

(Newser) - A Dutch probe into what and who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in July 2014 is now pointing the finger at a surface-to-air missile brought into play by Russia. Which is why, perhaps, some people are outraged that a Russian furniture company has opted to design a... More »

Russian Missile Shot Down MH17: Investigators

Evidence in Dutch-led probe points to Buk missile brought into Ukraine from Russia

(Newser) - Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday that after a two-year probe, they have solid evidence a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the AP reports. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch National Police's Central Crime Investigation department, said communications intercepts showed... More »

Couple Who Lost 3 Kids in Plane Crash Welcome an 'Amazing Gift'

A new daughter brings 'light to our darkness'

(Newser) - An Australian couple who described living "in a hell beyond hell" after their three children were killed in a 2014 plane crash welcomed an "amazing gift" this week: a brand-new daughter, the Guardian reports. When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by an anti-aircraft missile over the... More »

Dutch Report: MH17 Passengers Likely Didn't Suffer

Russian-made missile exploded 3 feet from cockpit, shrapnel in pilots' bodies

(Newser) - A Dutch report on the MH17 crash concludes the plane was shot down by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile that struck the front left side of the plane near the cockpit, Dutch Safety Board Chairman Tjibbe Joustra said at a press conference on Tuesday. The report, the result of a... More »

Physical Proof of Missile Possibly Found at MH17 Site

But prosecutors aren't even going so far as to say there's a 'causal connection'

(Newser) - Dutch prosecutors have said for the first time that they have found possible parts of a BUK missile system at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last year , killing all 298 people on board. Prosecutors say in a statement today the parts "... More »

4 Months on, Workers Begin Picking Up Pieces of MH17

Recovery long delayed in rebel-held area of Ukraine

(Newser) - Workers in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine began to collect debris from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today, four months after the plane was brought down. The operation is being carried out under the supervision of Dutch investigators and officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.... More »

Aussie PM Threatens to 'Shirtfront' Putin

Russian embassy mocks Abbott's Aussie Rules talk

(Newser) - If Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walks it like he talks it, next month's G20 summit in Brisbane could be a more feisty affair than usual: Vladimir Putin will be in attendance, and Abbott says he plans to "shirtfront" the Russian leader over the downing of Malaysia Airlines... More »

MH17 Victim's Body Found With Oxygen Mask On

Dutch prosecutors says mask strap found on neck of Australian passenger

(Newser) - The body of one passenger of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was found wearing an oxygen mask, Dutch prosecutors revealed today, raising questions about how much those on board knew about their fate when the plane plunged out of the sky above Eastern Ukraine in July. The passenger, an Australian, didn'... More »

Mystery Donor Offers $30M Reward for MH17 Culprit

German investigative firm says offer is legit, with funds held in Zurich

(Newser) - Everyone wants to know who shot Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 out of the skies over Ukraine in July, but one unknown entity really wants to know—and is apparently willing to pony up $30 million for the answer. Wifka, a German private-investigation firm, says it has a client who's... More »

'High-Energy Objects' Downed MH17: Dutch Report

Safety board's findings suggest missile to blame

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the disaster concluded today. The report by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down... More »

Investigators Get Access to MH17 Crash Site

Ukraine parliament approves 950 armed troops to secure site

(Newser) - International investigators were finally able to access the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash site today after a week of frustrated attempts . Ukraine halted its military campaign in the Donetsk region, though Kiev says pro-Russian separatists are not respecting requests by the UN to cease fighting near the crash site, Reuters... More »

Rebels Planting Mines at MH17 Site: Ukraine

Fighting between rebels, government forces kill 19

(Newser) - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have laid mines near the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash site, making the "work of the international experts impossible," says government security spokesman Andriy Lysenko. Dutch crash investigators were again thwarted in their fourth day of frustration in trying to reach the site. Organization... More »

Pols Demand Missile Defenses on Airliners

Thousands of surface-to-air missiles believed owned by terrorists

(Newser) - A pair of prominent legislators are reviving a decade-old measure that would outfit passenger planes with anti-missile technology, at a cost of up to $2 million per $200 million plane, the New York Post reports. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Steve Israel want on-board lasers, warning systems, flares, and infrared... More »

Black Boxes: MH17 Downed by 'Explosive Decompression'

Missile 'did what it was designed to do'

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes have revealed that the plane was brought down by a "massive explosive decompression” after its fuselage was pierced by shrapnel from a missile explosion, a Ukrainian security spokesman tells the AP . "It did what it was designed to do—bring down... More »

Heavy Fighting Blocks Investigators From MH17 Site

UN calls downing of MH17 a war crime

(Newser) - Heavy fighting has turned back international investigators for a second day from the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down. The Ukrainian military has launched a major offensive against pro-Russia rebels, and it's no longer clear who's in control of the crash site, reports the New ... More »

Putin's Daughter 'Flees' $3M Pad in Holland

Maria Putin was told that 'it's time you leave'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's daughter may be persona non grata in Holland, and you can imagine why. Maria Putin, 29, hasn't been seen around her posh riverside flat in a town outside of Amsterdam since Malaysia Flight 17 went down in Ukraine, with 193 Dutch people among the victims, the... More »

Ukraine Rebels Had Missile, Commander Admits

He accuses Ukraine of engineering crisis

(Newser) - Pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine did have a Buk missile system of the kind believed to have been used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a rebel commander admits. Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, tells Reuters that rebels in Luhansk had the missile system, but it's... More »

Somber Dutch Salute Return of First MH17 Victims

40 bodies arrive in the Netherlands

(Newser) - The planes carrying the bodies of some of the first victims recovered from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site have landed in the Netherlands, Sky News reports. The two military aircraft, one Dutch and one Australian, contain a total of 40 bodies in wooden coffins; they took off from... More »

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