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New Evidence Suggests Malaysian Plane MH17 Was Shot Down By Surface-To-Air Missile

| by Karen Eisenberg

Malaysian plane MH17 crashed into eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers aboard were killed. The plane was in route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it disappeared. It is suspected that the airline was shot down by Russian separate forces; however, an official report has not been released, and Russia has firmly denied any involvement.

It is being reported by Dutch broadcaster RTL that a metal fragment found at the crash site of MH17 is from a warhead of a Russian-made Buk, the BBC reports. Dutch journalist Jeroen Akkermans, found the fragment a few months ago near the village of Hrabove in eastern Ukraine.

The piece of metal was tested and was confirmed to have come from the warhead of a 9M317 Buk missile. This new revelation could help verify the theory that MH17 was indeed shot down.

According to the BBC, the United States and Ukraine have strongly suspected that Russia was responsible for the plane crash and have both accused Russia of supplying the separatists with Buk missile launchers.

The Dutch Safety Board, which has been investigating the cause of the crash, is expected to release a full report in October, explaining what happened. A preliminary report was released by the Board last September. After being informed of the information from Dutch broadcaster RTL, the Safety board released a statement on its website:

“The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing and is focusing on many more sources than just the pieces of shrapnel. Additional material for investigation is welcome for this, but it is important that it be irrefutably demonstrated that there is a relationship between any material and the aeroplane that crashed. The Dutch Safety Board will accept any such material and include it in the investigation.”

Sources: BBC, The Dutch Safety Board

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