Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Malaysia Airlines flight 17

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 airliner en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 after being hit by a surface-to-air missile. Separatist pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian government traded accusations over who is to blame for the attack on the civilian airliner that killed all 298 people on board the plane.  

MH17 crash site still too unsafe for investigators, says Dutch defence minister

A man gestures as he rides a bicycle past a large piece of wreckage of the downed Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

The site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines flight 17 crashed two months ago is still too unsafe for investigators to resume the recovery of victims’ remains, Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on Thursday.

Friday, 12 September, 2014, 7:58pm

MH17 'split into pieces during flight' when pierced by 'high-speed objects': Dutch report

Flight MH17 was pierced by many high-speed objects, according to a Dutch report. Photo: Reuters

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft", causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the deadly aviation disaster concluded.

10 Sep 2014 - 8:23am 13 comments

New MH370 search to start in two weeks, Australian PM says in Malaysia

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott meet in Putrajaya yesterday. Photo: Reuters

A stepped-up underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will start in about two weeks' time, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said as he visited Malaysia to discuss the issue.

8 Sep 2014 - 2:27pm 1 comment

Malaysia falls silent as remains of MH17 dead arrive in Kuala Lumpur

Flags were flown at half-mast nationwide and authorities had earlier asked citizens to refrain from festive activities and to don black out of respect for the victims. Photo: Reuters

Black-clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence on Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the first remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster.

23 Aug 2014 - 1:06am 1 comment

We’ll deliver justice to MH17 families, Australian and Dutch leaders vow

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte give a press conference at Rutte's official residence Catshuis in The Hague, The Netherlands. Photo: AFP

Australia and The Netherlands have vowed to bring justice to the families of victims of downed flight MH17, despite the search for body parts being halted because of fighting in eastern Ukraine.

12 Aug 2014 - 9:39pm

Aussie rules teammates remember Maslin children, killed aboard Flight MH17

The Maslin children - from left, Evie, Mo and Otis. Photo: EPA

Members of the Hong Kong community paid tribute to three young Australian siblings who died when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine last month.

10 Aug 2014 - 5:44am

Malaysia Airlines to delist from stock exchange after MH17, MH370 crises

Malaysia Airlines to delist from stock exchange after MH17, MH370 crises

Malaysia plans to delist Malaysia Airlines from stock exchange, which would make it fully owned by the state, reports said.

8 Aug 2014 - 6:47pm

British Airways boss Willie Walsh calls for UN inventory on missiles

Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg heads the recovery mission.

British Airways has called for an international treaty to track the whereabouts of surface-to-air missiles around the world after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

3 Aug 2014 - 6:53am

Malaysia PM Najib Razak facing problems despite decisive action on Flight MH17

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lays flowers among other flower tributes outside a military barracks where forensic experts identify bodies recovered from the wreckage of Flight 17. Photo: AP

Recognised in the region as an astute politician, the West only seems to remember Najib Razak and Malaysia for the poor handling of Flight MH370, which vanished in early March.

3 Aug 2014 - 10:38am 1 comment

MH17 site search resumes in Ukraine as Obama chides Putin over support for rebels

International experts inspect wreckage at the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near Grabove in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Photo: Reuters

International experts continued on Saturday with their painstaking probe at the crash site of downed flight MH17 in east Ukraine after US President Barack Obama called on Russia to heed international pressure to defuse the civil war tearing apart its neighbour.

2 Aug 2014 - 5:58pm

Ukrainian troops suffer heavy losses in ambush as MH17 investigators set off for crash site

Ukrainian soldiers fire on the position of pro-Russian separatists near Lugansk on Friday. Photo: EPA

Ukrainian authorities said on Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, but international inspectors nonetheless set off for a second day at the crash site.

1 Aug 2014 - 5:49pm

European airlines join Emirates in avoiding Iraqi airspace for safety

Iraq says its skies are safe, but flights are being rerouted. Photo: AP

European airlines and Dubai-based Emirates Airline are rerouting flights over Iraq as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.

31 Jul 2014 - 9:22pm

Explosions ring out as MH17 investigators return to Ukraine crash site

OSCE member Alexander Hug talks talks to members of the press near Donetsk. Photo: EPA

Explosions rang out near the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine yesterday as international investigators arrived for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a pause in its offensive against rebels.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:42am

Task force on airline safety to be formed after MH17 downing, UN body says

ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin speaks during a press conference in Montreal. Photo: Reuters

The United Nations civil aviation body said it would quickly form a task force on airline safety, noting that while this was complex and politically sensitive, urgent action had to be taken after the recent downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

30 Jul 2014 - 9:25pm

Russia defiant in face of historic Western sanctions over Ukraine

OSCE monitors head for the crash site of flight MH17 outside Donetsk. Photo: Reuters

A defiant Russia dismissed on Wednesday unprecedented Western sanctions over Ukraine after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against the Kremlin since the cold war.

30 Jul 2014 - 7:21pm