Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 broke-up in the air after being hit by outside objects

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

According to the newly released preliminary report by Dutch aviation investigators, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 broke apart in the air after it was hit by a burst of "high-energy objects" from outside.

Malaysia Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists killing all 298 passengers who were on-board - around two-thirds were Dutch.

The US and Ukraine have accused pro-Russian separatists operating in the region of downing the plane with a missile.

While the crash site was left unsecured amid the fighting, the Dutch Safety Board report found "no evidence or indications of manipulation of the [flight] recorders."

The report does not assign blame for the crash and says there was no sign of any audible alerts or of any malfunction or worries communicated between the crew on the flight data recorders.

The Boeing 777 "broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside," a press release accompanying the report said.

"There are no indications that the MH17 crash was caused by a technical fault or by actions of the crew," the statement said.

The report set out a list of areas that need further investigation, including forensic examination of wreckage and any foreign objects found.

Photo caption: ACCUSED OF DOWNING FLIGHT 17... The US and Ukraine have accused pro-Russian separatists operating in the region of downing the plane with a missile.Image: IBTimes.