Dutch Officials Release Preliminary Report on MH17 Crash

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September 9, 2014

Investigators from the Netherlands have released their initial findings on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, saying the plane went down after being hit by "high-energy objects." The Boeing 777 plane crashed on July 17 in a war-torn part of eastern Ukraine, killing all of the 298 people onboard.

MH17 departed from Amsterdam and was heading to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Though the preliminary report did not directly attribute blame, most experts believe the missile was fired by pro-Russian separatists, who have been fighting in that region with Ukrainian soldiers. Investigators also indicated that so far they have found no evidence of technical failure with the plane or the MH17 crew.

According to Time, investigators from the Netherlands expect to produce a final report on the MH17 crash within a year.

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