Dutch aviation experts say Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 probably crashed in eastern Ukraine after being hit by a large number of “high-energy objects”.
The preliminary findings of the Dutch Safety Board say the plane broke up in the air on the journey from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The report adds there are no indications the crash was caused by technical problems or the crew’s actions.
It has been published on the day that the remains of two more Malaysian victims of the disaster were brought back to Kuala Lumpur. Forty-three Malaysians were on board the plane.
The Dutch are leading an international investigation to try to piece together evidence into the crash. These are their initial findings; the investigation is ongoing.
The report is based on technical evidence; investigators, who have not visited the crash site in rebel-held territory for safety reasons, say they are looking into the causes of the crash not who was responsible.