Final report due into downing of MH17

Investigators are expected to confirm that a Russian-made surface-to-air missile brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, in a final report due out on Tuesday.

Thirty-eight Australian citizens and residents were among the 298 killed when MH17 was blown out of the sky on July 17 last year on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The Boeing 777 was flying above heavy fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.


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The Dutch Safety Board will release its final report into the cause of the crash in front of many relatives of the victims.

The board will also unveil part of the plane’s cockpit and business class section which has been reconstructed from the wreckage.

The report will address the issue of airlines flying over conflict areas and to what extent people on the plane were aware of what was happening when it was hit.

The safety board, which is the Dutch transport watchdog, has made clear it is not concerned with blame or liability as those are matters for the criminal investigation to answer.

The Joint Investigation Team has been probing the crash for 15 months and has representatives from the Netherlands, Ukraine, Australia, Malaysia and Belgium – the countries most affected by the crash.

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