Friday, September 12, 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: 'most likely' it was shot down from ground

Chief Dutch prosecutor says the shooting-down explanation is getting the most attention in international criminal investigation

Associated Press in Rotterdam
theguardian.com, Friday 12 September 2014 06.55 EDT

The possibility that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down from the ground is the "most likely" scenario being explored by dozens of detectives, according to the Dutch prosecutor overseeing the criminal investigation into the downing of the jet.

The shooting-down scenario "is the one getting the most attention now" in the international investigation into the downing of the Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July, Fred Westerbeke of the Dutch National Prosecutors Office told reporters on Friday.

The plane went down over territory held by pro-Russia rebels, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.

A separate Dutch investigation concluded this week that the plane was hit from the outside by numerous high-energy objects, but stopped short of calling it a missile strike.

(More here.)

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