MH17 with a Boeing 777-200 operated by Malaysia Airlines 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.
This was mentioned in the preliminary report on the investigation into the crash of MH17 that has been published today by the Dutch Safety Board.
According to the report, there were no indications that the MH17 crash was caused by a technical fault or by actions of the crew.
“The cockpit voice recorder, the flight data recorder and data from air traffic control all suggest that flight MH17 proceeded as normal until 13:20:03 (UTC), after which it ended abruptly. A full listening of the communications among the crew members in the cockpit recorded on the cockpit voice recorder revealed no signs of any technical faults or an emergency situation. The radio communications with Ukrainian air traffic control confirm that no emergency call was made by the cockpit crew. The final calls by Ukrainian air traffic control made between 13.20:00 and 13.22:02 (UTC) remained unanswered”- reads the statement.
To recall, Malaysian Airlines Boeing-777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on July 17 on the territory of Ukraine, near the border with Russia. All the 298 people on the board died.