Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Final Crash Report Due October 2015
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The plane, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was carrying 298 people at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was brought down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
The Dutch Safety Board, which is leading the investigation because 193 Dutch citizens were killed in the crash, said victims' families will have access to the report's findings ahead of the public during a closed meeting.
Last year's interim report determined that the Boeing 777 was hit by "high-energy objects," a finding consistent with the theory that an advanced antiaircraft weapon was responsible.
The Dutch Safety Board and a Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team, which is leading the criminal probe into MH17's demise, are examining potential missile debris uncovered at the crash site. "The parts are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17," said the Dutch Safety Board and the Joint Investigation Team via the Wall Street Journal.
So far, Ukraine has placed the blame on Russia-backed militants, and vice versa.
Leading up to the crash, the Russia-backed rebels had destroyed several Ukrainian aircraft by shooting them down. Ukraine responded by restricting commercial flights from select airspace, but at much lower altitudes than the height at which MH17 was flying.
While the Dutch Safety Board is also reviewing the decisions that led up to the plane flying over a combat zone, the criminal investigation is expected to take longer than the crash review, a spokeswoman for the Dutch prosecution service told the Wall Street Journal.
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