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 voice recorder in good condition, say aviation experts

International Civil Aviation Organization says cockpit voice recorder is in good condition as the digital flight data recorder is still under review. Photo: Reuters

The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the UN civil aviation body said on Wednesday, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts.

Friday, 25 July, 2014, 5:12pm

United States presents fresh evidence on MH17 downing, but remains unsure on who fired missile

Images of the Russian base near Rostov. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The Obama administration released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials said proved Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack.

24 Jul 2014 - 8:11am 3 comments

Kiev accuses Russia of shooting down fighter jets near flight MH17 crash site

Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter planes, seen at Baghdad airport. Photo: Reuters

Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down yesterday, not far from where a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:33pm 10 comments

First plane carrying bodies of MH17 victims arrives in Netherlands as nation mourns

Ukrainian soldiers carry coffins with the remains of victims of the MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv. Photo: AFP

The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, with grieving relatives and the king and queen solemnly receiving the as yet unidentified victims.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:31pm 3 comments

Book of condolence for victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 opens in Hong Kong

Australian Air Force cadets sign the book of condolence this morning in Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hongkongers, including the city's 90,000 Australian passport holders, have been invited to pay their respects to the victims of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, after the Australian consulate in Wan Chai opened a public condolence book.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:08am 1 comment

MH17 crash a wake-up call to stop the supply of weapons to insurgents

Armed rebel soldiers standing guard at the crash site in eastern Ukraine. Photo: EPA

The crash of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine has brought into focus the horrors of a conflict in which powerful countries play proxy games.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:40am

Pro-Russia rebels may have shot down MH17 by mistake, says US official

An armed pro-Russia separatist stands guard at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Photo: Reuters

The MH17 jet may have been shot down by 'mistake' by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, US intelligence officials said, as Malaysia sent black boxes to Britain for analysis.

23 Jul 2014 - 4:56pm 3 comments

Russia backs UN resolution demanding international access to MH17 crash site

Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly  Churkin (left) speaks with his delegates during a meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo: Reuters

Even as a reluctant Russia backed a UN Security Council resolution demanding international access to the crash site of MH17, military officials in Moscow came out swinging in defence, saying there was evidence suggesting that Ukrainian air defence forces could be to blame for the tragedy and lambasting the west for "unfounded accusations".

23 Jul 2014 - 1:27am

Malaysians rally outside embassies in first major public expression of outrage over MH17

The rally was organised by the youth wing of UMNO. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Malaysians demonstrated outside the Russian and Ukrainian embassies in Kuala Lumpur yesterday demanding justice over a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.

23 Jul 2014 - 6:17pm

Malaysia Airlines plane rerouted from Ukraine in wake of MH17 disaster - to Syria

A satellite image of the flight MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine. The route over the country had been declared safe by the UN. Photo: Reuters

A no-fly area declared in eastern Ukraine after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is a rare restriction shared with rogue states like North Korea, prompting some airlines to question whether rules for flights over war zones need tightening.

23 Jul 2014 - 1:27am 3 comments

MH17 downing underscores world's dilemma of how to deal with Putin

In reality, not all of the world wants to push Putin too far.

I was in Kuala Lumpur last weekend, where flags flew at half mast for the victims of flight MH17 and the key terms in the media coverage seemed to be "outrage" and "damning".

23 Jul 2014 - 4:09am 10 comments

Train with remains of MH17 crash victims arrives in Ukraine’s Kharkiv

A Ukrainian policeman watches as a train carrying the remains of Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims arrives in Kharkiv. Photo: Reuters

A train carrying some 280 bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived on Tuesday in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

22 Jul 2014 - 7:43pm 1 comment

Who are the Ukrainian rebel leaders accused over downing of flight MH17?

Bezler (left), Kozitsyn and Strelkov reportedly discussed the downing. Photos: Reuters, SCMP Pictures

As the world searches for answers over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, suspicion has fallen on the leaders of the pro-Russia rebels, who shot down three Ukrainian government planes last week.

21 Jul 2014 - 11:02pm

Russian billionaires fear more sanctions over downing of MH17

One Russian billionaire warned that if Putin (pictured) doesn't move to end the war in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in rebel-held territory, he risks becoming an international outcast. Photo: AP

Russia's richest businessmen are increasingly frantic that President Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine will lead to crippling sanctions - but are too scared of reprisals to say so publicly.

22 Jul 2014 - 10:30am 1 comment

Rebels to give Malaysia black boxes from downed flight MH17, Najib says

A Ukrainian coal miner takes part in a search of the sprawling site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down. Photo: Reuters

Recovery crews retrieved more bodies yesterday from the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, as Dutch experts began inspecting the corpses.

22 Jul 2014 - 4:28pm