Dutch Report: Russian Missile Downed MH17

Dutch Report: Russian Missile Downed MH17 »

A sophisticated missile made in Russia and launched from a rebel-held region of Ukraine brought down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in July 2014, according to the final report by the Dutch Safety Board. The report, which was made public today, says the Boeing 777 was cruising at 33,000 feet on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the missile warhead detonated just outside the left front window of the cockpit. The airplane was sprayed with hundreds of metal fragments and three crew members in the cockpit were killed instantly by the blast. More

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