The joint team in the Netherlands got hold of fragments of a missile possibly from a Buk surface-to-air system, which hit the Malaysian airliner "Boeing 777" killing 298 people a year ago. This is urgently announced by the BBC with reference to Dutch investigators, Censor.NET reports citing zn.ua.
Fragments of the missile were found at the crash site in the east of Ukraine.
Investigators say the find is very important. If the parts belong to that missile, it will help determine those guilty. But no proper examination have been carried out so far, that would prove the rocket debris are related to the crash.
A joint expert team conducting criminal investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing is examining a number of parts found in the Donbas that could belong to a Buk surface-to-air system. This was announced on Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board, lb.ua reports.
"In cooperation with the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigates several parts, possibly originating from a Buk surface-air-missile system. These parts have been secured during a previous recovery-mission in Eastern-Ukraine and are in possession of the criminal investigation team MH17 and the Dutch Safety Board" the press release reads.
"The parts are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17. For that reason the JIT further investigates the origin of these parts. The JIT will internationally enlist the help of experts, among others forensic specialists and weapon-experts," the report reads.
"At present the conclusion cannot be drawn that there is a causal connection between the discovered parts and the crash of flight MH17," the document reads.
According to the report, the JIT conducts the criminal investigation and the DSB the investigation into the cause of the crash.
"Both investigations are conducted separately but JIT and DSB occasionally share material. In its final report the Dutch Safety Board will report on the discovered parts," the press release reads.