Disaster struck and chaos ensued after Malyasian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down in July 2014,
with many blaming Russia for the attack.
Fast-forward to March 2020, the trial of the accused mass murderers is underway-but what actually happened to flight MH17 and who were the crash victims? Soldier inspecting the damage of flight MH17 Credit: AP:Associated Press When was the MH17 plane crash and what happened?
Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on July 17, 2014, with the loss of 298 lives.
The dead included ten Britons, 193 Dutch, 38 Australians and 43 Malaysians. Eighty victims were children.
The Boeing 777-200ER left Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport at 12.31pm local time and was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.10am Malaysian time.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane two hours and 49 minutes after takeoff when it was about 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.Smouldering debris and personal belongings were found scattered over a large area in territory controlled by pro-Russia rebels.A 15-month investigation by the Dutch Safety Board revealed the aircraft had crashed after being hit by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile . The remaining rubble of the plane being guarded Credit: Reuters Who was the 298 victims? It is said that this is the largest number of victims on an airliner attack to date.All 298 passengers and crew members passed away in the gruesome attack.Most passengers on the plane were Malaysian, Australian or Dutch, with 68% of the passengers being Dutch and […]