Dutch Take Over Flight 17 Crash Investigation

Images Emerge Showing Signs of Surface-to-Air Missile Detonation

By Paul Riegler on 22 July 2014
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DSC_0683As more detailed photographs from the crash scene are emerging, Dutch officials said that the country would take the lead in the investigation of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

The Netherlands, which had the most citizens on the flight, is also assuming responsibility for the forensic identification of victims.

Meanwhile, images of the debris of Flight 17 are starting to appear in the media and on social media sites, providing more concrete evidence as to what exactly shot down the Boeing 777.  Some of the images show pieces of a plane riddled with holes the size of a small fist, and experts are saying that that this is evidence of the distinctive pattern left by a surface-to-air missile.

The Dutch Safety Board has not yet sent investigators to the site because of security concerns, a spokesman said Tuesday.  Fighting has continued in the region between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels.

Malaysian officials took possession of the plane’s black boxes on Tuesday, saying they appeared to be in good condition.   Malaysia will hold onto them until the international investigation team begins its work.

“At that time, we will pass the black boxes to the international investigation team for further analysis,” said Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in a statement.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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