14:21 14.10.2015

No military aircraft flying above eastern Ukraine at same time as MH17 jetliner – Dutch Safety Board

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No military aircraft flying above eastern Ukraine at same time as MH17 jetliner – Dutch Safety Board

There have been no military aircraft in the skies above the eastern Ukraine at the time when the Malaysian Airlines MH17 jetliner was flying according to the final report released by Dutch Safety Board that refers to Ukrainian and Russian radar data.

"According to radar data three commercial aeroplanes were in the same area as flight MH17 at the time of the occurrence. Two aeroplanes were flying eastbound through the airspace and one was flying westbound. All aeroplanes were under the control of Dnipro Radar. At 13.20 (15.20 CET), the distance between flight MH17 and the closest of the three other aeroplanes was 33 km," reads the report from the international investigators.

The document says that the images of radar data show no military aircraft in the sky.

According to the Dutch Safety Board conclusions regarding the cause of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, the plane was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile system on July 17, 2014.

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