MH17 debris ‘possibly’ caused by Buk missiles, says JIT

Joint Investigation Team says fragment discovered in connection to Malaysian plane MH17 crash investigation 'possibly originating from' Russian made missile system

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region

Updated Aug 14, 2015

A statement released on Tuesday by the team investigating the July 2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 Boeing 777 aircraft points to the possibility that the plane was downed by Russian-made Buk (which means “beech,” self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air) missile systems.

The group investigating the case and the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) issued a joint statement where international investigators identified fragments related to the MH17 flight as “possibly” coming from a Buk missile system.

"The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigates several parts, possibly originating from a Buk surface-air-missile system.

"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."

The JIT consists of the Netherlands, Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Russian Federation.

Wim de Bruin, prosecutor spokesman of Dutch Safety Board, the group of investigating the case, said in joint statement that the inquiry and research is ongoing.

"The forensic investigation is continuing and we cannot speculate about its eventual outcome."

The prosecutor stressed some parts of the plane have been secured in eastern Ukraine.

"These parts have been secured during a previous recovery-mission in eastern Ukraine and are in possession of the criminal investigation team and the Dutch Safety Board," AFP reported.

Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution at the end of August that would have set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of Flight MH17 that crashed with 298 passengers, two-thirds of which were Dutch and 39 were Australians.

The flight crashed in Ukrainian territory Donetsk countryside held by Russian-backed separatists en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

TRTWorld and agencies