Dutch report confirms MH17 was shot down by Buk missile

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch Safety Board says Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile as it flew over eastern Ukraine.

It adds that the plane should never have been flying there as Ukraine should have closed its airspace to civil aviation. It says “nobody gave any thought” to the risk.

The report issued Tuesday says states in civil conflict must do more in the future to protect passenger planes.

Some of the nose, cockpit and business class of the Boeing 777 were rebuilt from fragments of the aircraft recovered from the crash scene and flown to Gilze-Rijen air base in southern Netherlands.

A group of journalists fell silent as the reassembled wreckage, much of it twisted and riddled with holes, was presented.


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