Interfax: MH17 investigators have yet to establish type of missile – Dutch prosecutors

Ukraine Air Crash Scene with Uniformed Security Personnel, Flames, Smoke

(Interfax – July 17, 2015)

An international group of investigators probing the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in eastern Ukraine have yet to find out whether the plane was shot down from the ground or from the air, according to the Dutch prosecutor general’s office.

“We are investigating the scenario of the ground-to-air missile that downed MH17 and the other scenario is an air-to-air-missile,” Dutch Public Prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told Interfax.

He said investigators have yet to identify the individuals responsible for the crash; the effort continues.

Interim results of the international criminal inquiry into the crash could be released as early as before the end of 2015, but the final results are only expected next year, the spokesman said.

A Boeing 777 airliner owned by Malaysian Airlines was on an MH17 flightpath from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when in crashed in a militia-controlled area of Donbas in south-eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board, including 283 passengers and 15 crew members, were killed.

The crash inquiry is being led by the Netherlands. The international inquiry group includes experts from Russia, Malaysia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Netherlands.