Tags: EU | Ukraine | Plane | The | Latest

The Latest: Dutch Leader Asks Russia to Cooperate with Probe

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:15 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The latest news on the report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last year. All times local.

3:10 p.m.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on Russia to fully cooperate with the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Commenting for the first time on the Dutch Safety Board's final report, which concluded that the plane was shot down with a Buk missile, killing all 298 people on board, Rutte said Tuesday that a key priority "is now tracking down and prosecuting the perpetrators."

He says that the Dutch Safety Board report "is a new element and undoubtedly an important building block" in the international criminal investigation that is being led by Dutch prosecutors and detectives.

2:55 p.m.

The Dutch Safety Board report said the Buk's impact was instantly fatal only to the three crewmembers in the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The rest of the crew and the passengers died due to decompression, reduced oxygen levels, extreme cold, powerful airflow and flying objects, the report said.

But it added, "it cannot be ruled out that some occupants remained conscious" during the 60 to 90 seconds before the plane crashed.

The board said it is likely people "were barely able to comprehend the situation in which they found themselves...no indications were found that point to any conscious actions," such as text messages sent on mobile phones.

One passenger was found wearing an oxygen mask, but it was "unclear how the mask got there," the board said.

2:45 p.m.

The Dutch Safety Board identified an area of 320 square kilometers from which, it said, the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was launched.

Though it declined to comment further on the exact launch site, all the territory within the area it identified was in rebel hands at the time of the July 2014 crash.

Russia has contended that if the plane was brought down by a missile, it must have been launched by Ukrainian government forces.

1:45 p.m.

The official Dutch Safety Board report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 says a missile exploded less than one meter (3.3 feet) outside the cockpit, killing three crewmembers inside and breaking off the forward section of the plane.

Safety Board chairman Tjibbe Joustra said the 15-month the investigation found the warhead was that used on a Buk surface-to-air missile system.

The investigation, however, did not conclude where the missile was fired from. MH17, carrying 298 people, was shot down July 17, 2014, while overflying an area of eastern Ukraine where government forces are fighting pro-Moscow rebels.

Joustra said that Ukraine authorities had "sufficient reason" to completely close the airspace in that area, but "nobody gave a thought" to the possible threat to civil aviation.

Missile fragments found in the cockpit crew's bodies, as well as paint traces, enabled investigators to identify the Buk, Joustra said.

1:30 p.m.

The Dutch Safety Board says Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile as it flew over eastern Ukraine.

It adds that the plane should never have been flying there as Ukraine should have closed its airspace to civil aviation. It says "nobody gave any thought" to the risk.

The report issued Tuesday says states in civil conflict must do more in the future to protect passenger planes.

1:15 p.m.

Dutch investigators have just unveiled a ghostly reconstruction of the forward section of MH17, the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last year.

Some of the nose, cockpit and business class of the Boeing 777 were rebuilt from fragments of the aircraft recovered from the crash scene and flown to Gilze-Rijen air base in southern Netherlands.

A group of journalists fell silent as the reassembled wreckage, much of it twisted and riddled with holes, was presented.

An official Dutch Safety Board report into the cause of the downing of the plane, in which 298 people were killed, is to be presented later Tuesday.

1:05 p.m.

The father of a young man killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine last year says he was relieved to hear that those on board the stricken plane likely died almost instantly.

Rob Fredriksz was speaking after a presentation of the key findings of the 15-month investigation into the downing of MH17 that broke up in midair and plunged to the ground, killing all 298 passengers and crew.

Fredriksz's son Bryce was killed in the disaster.

He says the key findings presented to families were, "That it was a Buk missile, made in Russia. That was clearly indicated. That Ukraine should have closed the air space and that the passengers absolutely felt and knew nothing."

He says some family members became emotional when they were shown an animation portraying the downing of the plane.

The presentation for families came ahead of the official publication of the report later Tuesday.

12:10 p.m.

The cousin of a woman killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 says that the official investigation into the cause of the disaster last year has concluded that a Buk missile downed the plane.

Robby Oehlers, whose cousin Daisy was among the 298 people killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, says the conclusion was shared with family members at a meeting Tuesday,

He says, "It was a Buk."

Oehlers said it was "as quiet as a mouse" as Dutch Safety Board chairman Tjibbe Joustra explained the conclusions of the 15-month investigation to family.

The meeting with families of victims came ahead of the official presentation later Tuesday of the investigation's final report.

© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Europe
The latest news on the report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last year. All times local.3:10 p.m.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on Russia to fully cooperate with the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines...
EU,Ukraine,Plane,The,Latest
948
2015-15-13
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:15 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved