KUALA LUMPUR – The Dutch Safety Board has confirmed that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine last year.
Its chairman, Tjibbe Joustra said the missile’s warhead detonated on the left side of the aircraft’s cockpit.
“MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile,” he said when presenting the final report on the MH17 tragedy at the Gilze-Rijen air base, Netherlands on Tuesday, which was aired live via international media.
MH17 was shot down while cruising at an altitude of 30,000ft and crashed in a tense area of Ukraine near the Russian border on July 17, 2014. All 283 passengers and 15 crew onboard the Boeing 777 aircraft, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, perished. – BERNAMA