The chairman of the Dutch Safety Board, Tjibbe Joustra presented the results of a fifteen-month-long investigation into the horrible crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the Eastern part of Ukraine. The jetliner was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile, Dutch air accident investigators said. There is no mention of who fired the missile—under the rules governing international crash investigations, the Board has no the authority to assign blame.
The materials of a five-nation investigative group, which includes representatives of Malaysia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine, are based on the debris found at the crash site. The Board managed to reconstruct the plane from the parts of recovered debris, fitted around a metal skeleton. Some fragments have even been extracted from the mutilated bodies of the victims. As an experiment, the Dutch Board detonated a warhead of the same type that was used to struck the Malaysian airplane. It is the first time when such meticulous work has been done to determine the cause of the crash.