Dutch Investigators confirm that flight MH17 was downed by a BUK missile

The  Dutch Safety Board has concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed over Ukraine in July 2014, broke up after it was was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile fired from eastern Ukraine. Dutch Safety Board (DSB) chairman Tjibbe Joustra briefed reporters Tuesday on the findings of the final report into the incident — which does not say who was responsible —  and showed them a reconstruction of the front of the Boeing 777.

Dutch investigators say Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was taken down by a Buk missile fired from eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board were killed in the July 2014 crash.VPC The investigators found the surface-to-air missile exploded less than a yard from the cockpit, killing three crew members. The front of the plane broke off and the aircraft came down over eastern Ukraine, where a conflict was raging between Russian-backed separatists and government forces. Ukraine should have closed its airspace to civil aviation, Joustra said. “None of the parties involved recognized the risk from the armed conflict on the ground,” he said.