Dutch Safety Board: Buk missile downed MH17 in Ukraine

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GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands (AP) — A missile launched from rebel-held Ukraine ripped the cockpit from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Dutch investigators reported Tuesday, adding that some passengers may have remained conscious for another minute or so as the airflow tore off their clothes and objects spinning through the cabin killed people in neighboring seats.

The investigators said in their final report that the Buk missile that downed the Boeing 777 exploded less than a meter from the cockpit, killing the two pilots and the purser inside in an instant and breaking off the front of the plane. While some of the passengers may have been conscious in the up to 90 seconds it took to hit the ground, they probably were not fully aware of what was happening amid the oxygen-starved, freezing chaos.

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The tragedy that killed all 298 people aboard the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur wouldn't have happened if the airspace of eastern Ukraine had been closed to passenger planes as fighting raged below, the Dutch Safety Board added.

"Our investigation showed that all parties regarded the conflict in eastern part of Ukraine from a military perspective. Nobody gave any thought of a possible threat to civil aviation," Safety Board chairman Tjibbe Joustra said.

The report did not consider who launched the missile. However, it identified an area of 320 square kilometers from which the launch must have taken place. All the territory within the area was in rebel separatist hands at the time of the crash, according to daily maps of fighting released by the Ukrainian National Security Council.

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This photo taken on July 26, 2014 shows flowers, left by parents of an Australian victim of the crash, laid on a piece of the Malaysia Airlines plane MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabove), in the Donetsk region. Ukraine sought on July 25 to avoid a political crisis after the shock resignation of its prime minister, as fighting between the army and rebels close to the Malaysian airliner crash site claimed over a dozen more lives. Dutch and Australian forces were being readied on July 26 for possible deployment to secure the rebel-held crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in east Ukraine where many victims' remains still lie nine days after the disaster claimed 298 lives. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this July 17, 2014. file photo, people walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine. For many families of the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down July 17, 2014 over eastern Ukraine, uncertainty and agonizing waiting is still woven into the fabric of their lives a year later. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)
GRABOVO, UKRAINE - JULY 22:  A woman weeps after visiting the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 22, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.  Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
GRABOVO, UKRAINE - JULY 20: Ukrainian rescue servicemen look through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 20, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels fighting central Kiev authorities claimed on Thursday that the Malaysian airline that crashed in Ukraine had been shot down by a Ukrainian jet. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
A man wearing military fatigues stands next to the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17, 2014. Pro-Russian rebels fighting central Kiev authorities claimed on Thursday that the Malaysian airline that crashed in Ukraine had been shot down by a Ukrainian jet. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service search for bodies in a field near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabove), in Donetsk region on July 26, 2014. Ukraine sought on July 25 to avoid a political crisis after the shock resignation of its prime minister, as fighting between the army and rebels close to the Malaysian airliner crash site claimed over a dozen more lives. The Netherlands and Australia, the two countries that lost the most citizens when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down, are seeking a mandate to deploy troops on the ground, possibly through a United Nations Security Council resolution. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels fighting central Kiev authorities claimed on Thursday that the Malaysian airline that crashed in Ukraine had been shot down by a Ukrainian jet. The head of Ukraine's air traffic control agency said Thursday that the crew of the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in the separatist east had reported no problems during flight. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on July 23, 2014 shows the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on July 23 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. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service search for bodies in a field near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabove), in Donetsk region on July 26, 2014. Ukraine sought on July 25 to avoid a political crisis after the shock resignation of its prime minister, as fighting between the army and rebels close to the Malaysian airliner crash site claimed over a dozen more lives. The Netherlands and Australia, the two countries that lost the most citizens when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down, are seeking a mandate to deploy troops on the ground, possibly through a United Nations Security Council resolution. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A part of the fuselage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region, on July 23, 2014. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on July 23 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. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A piece of wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Outraged world leaders have demanded Russia's immediate cooperation in a prompt and independent probe into the shooting down on July 17 of flight MH17 with 298 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
RASSIPNOYE, UKRAINE - JULY 19: Women visit the site where the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 crashed in a field of sunflowers on July 19, 2014 in Rassipnoye, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
A picture shows a piece of debris of the fuselage at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk, on July 25, 2014. Ukraine sought on July 25 to avoid a political crisis after the shock resignation of its prime minister, as fighting between the army and rebels close to the Malaysian airliner crash site claimed over a dozen more lives. The Netherlands and Australia, the two countries that lost the most citizens when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down, are seeking a mandate to deploy troops on the ground, possibly through a United Nations Security Council resolution. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers and plush toys are left at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, on July 19, 2014. Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents agreed on July 19 to set up a security zone around the crash site of a Malaysian jet whose downing in the rebel-held east has drawn global condemnation of the Kremlin. Outraged world leaders have demanded Russia's immediate cooperation in a prompt and independent probe into the shooting down on July 17 of flight MH17 with 298 people on board. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Outraged world leaders have demanded Russia's immediate cooperation in a prompt and independent probe into the shooting down on July 17 of flight MH17 with 298 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A stick with a white piece of cloth makrs the spot where a body lays at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 18, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board Flight MH17 died when the plane crashed. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
GRABOVKA, UKRAINE - JULY 18: A miner searches a field for debris and human remains from an Malaysia Airlines plane on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed yesterday on the Ukraine/Russia border near the town of Shaktersk. The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people including crew members, the majority of the passengers being Dutch nationals, believed to be at least 173, 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians and 9 Britons. It has been speculated that the passenger aircraft was shot down by a surface to air missile by warring factions in the region. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels fighting central Kiev authorities claimed on Thursday that the Malaysian airline that crashed in Ukraine had been shot down by a Ukrainian jet. The head of Ukraine's air traffic control agency said Thursday that the crew of the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in the separatist east had reported no problems during flight. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
GRABOVO, UKRAINE - JULY 20: An oxygen mask system lies in a field amongst wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 20, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 18, 2014 shows the wreckages of the Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a day after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels fighting central Kiev authorities claimed on July 17 that the Malaysian airline that crashed in Ukraine had been shot down by a Ukrainian jet. The head of Ukraine's air traffic control agency said Thursday that the crew of the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in the separatist east had reported no problems during flight. All 298 people on board Flight MH17 died when the plane crashed. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
RASSIPNOYE, UKRAINE - JULY 19: A man shows a piece of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 which landed in his garden on July 19, 2014 in Rassipnoye, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
An armed pro-Russia militant stands guard at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 18, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. Members of the UN Security Council demanded a full, independent investigation into the apparent shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian rescue workers collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014. Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents agreed on July 19 to set up a security zone around the crash site of a Malaysian jet whose downing in the rebel-held east has drawn global condemnation of the Kremlin. Outraged world leaders have demanded Russia's immediate cooperation in a prompt and independent probe into the shooting down on July 17 of flight MH17 with 298 people on board. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
GRABOVO, UKRAINE - JULY 20: A row of seats from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are lie in a field on July 20, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows flames amongst the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels fighting central Kiev authorities claimed on Thursday that the Malaysian airline that crashed in Ukraine had been shot down by a Ukrainian jet. The head of Ukraine's air traffic control agency said Thursday that the crew of the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in the separatist east had reported no problems during flight. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed pro-Russian separatists block the way to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Outraged world leaders have demanded Russia's immediate cooperation in a prompt and independent probe into the shooting down on July 17 of flight MH17 with 298 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
GRABOVO, UKRAINE - JULY 19: Blood stains the spot in a wheat field where the body of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 landed and was later removed on July 19, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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The Netherlands has headed the investigation into the disaster because 196 victims on the flight were Dutch, and Ukraine agreed to let the Netherlands take the lead role. It is also leading a separate criminal investigation into the crash.

Joustra said the 15-month investigation found the warhead was that used on a Buk surface-to-air missile system. Missile fragments found in the cockpit crew's bodies, as well as paint traces, enabled investigators to identify the Buk.

Ukraine and Western nations contend that the missile was launched by Russian-backed rebels, while Russia says if the plane was brought down by a missile, it must have been launched by Ukrainian government forces.

Joustra said Russia had been given a chance to review the conclusions in advance, and added that it was not possible to determine the type of missile or warhead with certainty.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called on Russia to fully cooperate with the criminal investigation into the downing of the plane. He said a key priority "is now tracking down and prosecuting the perpetrators." U.S. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the Dutch investigation was conducted in a professional manner and should serve as the basis for further investigation to identify those responsible for the downing of the aircraft.

However, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said the "attempt to make a biased conclusion, in essence to carry out a political order, is obvious."

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Russia in July vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution to establish an international criminal tribunal to investigate the airliner's destruction. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said his country "seeks justice" but that the resolution was politically motivated.

The investigators unveiled a ghostly reconstruction of the forward section of MH17. Some of the nose, cockpit and business class of the Boeing 777 were rebuilt from fragments of the aircraft recovered from the crash scene and flown to Gilze-Rijen air base in southern Netherlands.

On Tuesday in the village of Hrabove where the jet came down, Lyudmila Grigoryak — whose house was the closest to the crash site — brought red carnations to the field of dry grass where small pieces of the fuselage are still scattered.

Unlike a year and a half ago when heavy fighting was just nearby, the area is quiet and deserted. All the camouflaged rebels who were patrolling the area and manning the checkpoints are gone.

Hours before the report was released, the missile's Russian maker presented its own report trying to clear the separatists, and Russia itself, of any involvement in the disaster.

Almaz-Antey contended that its experiments -- in one of which a Buk missile was detonated near the nose of an airplane similar to a 777 -- contradict the conclusion that it was a Buk missile of the kind used by the Russians. It had earlier suggested that it could have been a model of Buk that is no longer in service with the Russian military but is part of the Ukrainian military arsenal.

It said the experiments also refute claims that the missile was fired from Snizhne, a village that was under rebel control. An Associated Press reporter saw a Buk missile system in that vicinity on the same day.

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Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash during a ceremony in the Bunga Raya complex at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysian soldiers pause for a moment of silence next to vans carrying coffins of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims in the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Malaysia Airlines pilot (C) holds late co-pilot Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi's son Abderrahman, one the Malaysians who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in eastern Ukraine during a special prayer at a mosque in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 22, 2014. Black-clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the first remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A group of religious student recites quranic verses in front of the coffin of Dora Sheila Kassim during a special prayer in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Malaysia Army personnel receives the body of Dora Sheila Kassim in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Malaysia Army personnel receives the body of Dora Sheila Kassim in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Malaysia Army personnel receives the body of Dora Sheila Kassim in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A group of religious student recites quranic verses in front of the coffin of Dora Sheila Kassim during a special prayer in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Malaysia Army personnel receive the body of Dora Sheila Kassim in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Family members of Dora Sheila Kassim offer prayers as her body arrives in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
Mohamed Salleh, (C) the father of Malaysia Airlines flight attendant Nur Shazana, one of the Malaysians who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in eastern Ukraine, touches her coffin during a burial ceremony in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 22, 2014. Black-clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the first remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash during a ceremony in the Bunga Raya complex at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Family members of Dora Sheila Kassim offer prayers as her body arrives in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
Family members and next-of-kin of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims pause for a moment of silence during a ceremony in the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members and next-of-kin of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims pause for a moment of silence during a ceremony in the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysian soldiers pause for a moment of silence during a ceremony to welcome remains of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims in the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members break down as vans carrying the remains of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims leave the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives and the coffins are prepared to be carried by Army soldiers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives and the coffins are carried by Army soldiers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives and the coffins are carried by Army soldiers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives and the coffins are carried by Army soldiers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry coffins with the remains of Malaysian victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry coffins with the remains of Malaysian victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives attend a ceremony for the return of the remains of Malaysian victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysia Airlines staff attend a ceremony for the return of the remains of Malaysian victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of Nur Shazana, a Malaysia Airlines crew member who was among the victims onboard Flight MH17, cry during a burial ceremony at Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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