Damage consistent with impacts from a number of ‘high-energy objects’ is among the findings in the first report on Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine this past July killing all 298 people on board.
The report, released today by the Dutch Safety Board, details the events from take-off to when the plane crashed in a field in eastern Ukraine, where the ongoing conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels has been suspected by some as playing a role in the tragedy.
The report states that damage found on the wreckage appears to have come from ‘high-energy objects’ puncturing the exterior of the plane, which proceeded to break up in the air as a result. No technical or operational issues were noted on either the flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder, said the report.
MH17 was carrying 15 crew and 283 passengers, including one Canadian.