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MH17 investigation chronology

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016


July 17, 2014: Flight MH17, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashes in Ukraine's disputed Donetsk region. Major debris is in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

July 19, 2014: Ukraine says it has evidence that Russia was at least partially responsible for the crash, likely by providing an anti-aircraft missile system used to shoot down the plane.

July 21, 2014: Separatists hand over flight recorders recovered from the crash site to international officials conducting an investigation. Meanwhile, Russia says it has evidence that a Ukrainian warplane might have shot down the airliner.

August 6, 2014: International investigators leave the crash site amid fears for their safety.

September 9, 2014: Dutch aviation officials issue a preliminary report saying the crash was most likely caused by a large number of small, high-energy objects hitting the airliner, apparently evidence of an exploding anti-aircraft missile.

October 13, 2014: A Dutch-Ukrainian team resumes investigation and recovery work at the crash site.

October 13, 2015: Dutch investigators release a report saying the cause of the crash was a Buk anti-aircraft missile that targeted the airliner's cockpit. The current head of the Dutch Safety Board, Tjibbe Joustra, says the missile was apparently fired from rebel-held territory.

October 14, 2015: Russian aviation officials argue that the airliner could have been shot down from territory controlled by the Ukrainian military.

June 6, 2016: International investigators announce the discovery of the end-piece of a Russian-made Buk missile in wreckage from the crash.

September 28, 2016: A Dutch-led criminal investigation concludes that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile that had been transported into the conflict zone from Russia.

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