Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 broke apart in the air after being hit by a burst of “high-energy objects,” a preliminary report by Dutch aviation investigators said Tuesday.
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.
Flight 17 came down in eastern Ukraine on July 17 in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Of the 298 people killed, around two-thirds were Dutch.
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