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.  

Fragment from MH17 crash site supports missile theory, says Dutch broadcaster

Members of the media film wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 laid out in a hangar at Gilze-Rijen airbase, in the southern Netherlands. Photo: AFP

A  fragment from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 matches a surface-to-air BUK rocket, a Dutch broadcaster said, supporting a theory that the plane was downed by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Friday, 20 March, 2015, 4:54pm

Why the Russian narrative on MH17 speaks volumes about our web consumption

Journalists look at debris from the Boeing 777 Malaysia Arilines flight MH17. Photo: EPA

Remember the days before smartphones when you could say stuff and chances were people would either believe you or else just kind of shrug their shoulders? Or if they knew you were full of it, they’d have to know what they were talking about in order to prove it, instead of simply pulling the internet out of their backsides and declaring: “See!

4 May 2015 - 12:15pm 2 comments

Flight chiefs seek new standards of air safety

924 people were killed in passenger accidents last year, the worst for loss of life since 2005

Aviation leaders will seek a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet this week after a string of high-profile accidents made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade.                                                                                                                                                    

2 Feb 2015 - 10:18am

Downed MH17 aircraft nearly hit village in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, video shows

Men stand near the burning wreckage of MH17. Photo: AP

Four months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, a video has emerged that shows how close the burning passenger jet came to hitting village homes.

18 Nov 2014 - 3:05am

Workers in Ukraine collect debris from downed Malaysia Airlines flight

MH17 wreckage is loaded on to a truck yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Recovery workers in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine began to collect debris from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 yesterday, four months after the plane was brought down.

17 Nov 2014 - 8:30am

Tony Abbott, Vladimir Putin urge faster probe into downing of flight MH17

Abbott failed to "shirtfront" Putin in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged a quicker probe into the MH17 crash but the two leaders appeared to avoid a diplomatic butting of heads, the Kremlin said.

12 Nov 2014 - 9:48am

298 candles lit in Amsterdam at memorial to victims of flight MH17

Grieving relatives and friends of those lost on the downed plane, at a remembrance ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday. Photo: AP

Schoolchildren silently placed flowers next to 298 candles - one for each victim of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 - at a sombre Dutch commemoration of the air disaster that shook the Netherlands nearly four months ago.

11 Nov 2014 - 4:54am

We'll get justice for MH17 dead, Malaysian and Dutch leaders pledge

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak welcomes Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Putrajaya yesterday. Photo: EPA

The leaders of Malaysia and the Netherlands have vowed to keep pressing for access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 and to bring to justice those responsible for downing the plane in Ukraine.

6 Nov 2014 - 9:32am 1 comment

Passenger on downed flight MH17 was wearing oxygen mask: investigators

Debris of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane crash site, near the village of  Rozsypne in Eastern Ukraine. Photo: EPA

The body of a passenger of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was found wearing an oxygen mask raising questions about how much those on board knew about their fate when the plane plunged out of the sky above eastern Ukraine in July.

10 Oct 2014 - 3:39am

Families of German MH17 victims to sue Ukraine president over downed flight

A woman, who said her sister was on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, cries upon news of the airplane's disappearance. Photo: Reuters

Relatives of German victims of downed flight MH17 plan to sue Ukraine and its president for criminal negligence for not closing the country’s airspace, a lawyer said on Sunday.

22 Sep 2014 - 8:36am

Long road to justice for relatives of MH17 victims

Long road to justice for relatives of MH17 victims

The preliminary report of an investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 falls well short of bringing closure to those mourning the deaths of the 298 people on board.

14 Sep 2014 - 4:39am

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.

12 Sep 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