17:18 11.04.2015

Malaysian experts heading to Ukraine for new examination of MH17 crash site

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Malaysian experts heading to Ukraine for new examination of MH17 crash site

A team of seven experts of the Royal Malaysian Police left for Kyiv on Saturday morning in order to resume the search for new evidence and the debris of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (flight MH17), which is believed to have been downed in Donbas in July 2014, according to Malaysian media.

The team includes experts on disaster victims identification and investigators. They plan to get to the scene of the tragedy on Tuesday, April 14, along with members of the international investigation group from the Netherlands and Ukraine.

It is expected that the Malaysian experts will stay in Donetsk for two to three weeks.

As reported, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 which was flying from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the flight number MH17, crashed in separatists-controlled territory of Donbas on July 17, 2014.

All 298 people on board were killed. They included 192 Dutch citizens (one also had U.S. citizenship), 44 Malaysians, including the 15 crew members, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, ten Britons (one also had South African citizenship), four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos, one Canadian and one New Zealander.

According to the preliminary results of the international investigation, the plane was downed after being hit by an external object, most likely a rocket. The Ukrainian government believes that flight MH17 was downed by a Buk missile system, delivered to the militants from Russia.

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