Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Disaster

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About Flight MH17


On 17 July 2014, MH017 departs from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Gate G3 (Wave 3) at 12:14 am for a departure from the Polderbaan (Runway 36L) to Kuala Lumpur. On board are 280 passengers with their own seat, three babies without their own seat and 15 man crew. The crew consists of four men cockpit crew (two captains and two co-pilots) and 11 male cabin crew.

The nationalities of the passengers is as follows:

193 Netherlands
28 Malaysia (+15 crew)
27 Australia
12 Indonesia
10 United Kingdom
4 Belgium
4 Germany
3 Philippines
1 Canada
1 New Zealand

MH17 was a 17 year old Boeing 777-200 with registration 9M-MRD.
The first flight of MH17 was on July 17 in 1997.

The machine has a total of 75 322 flight hours and 11434 takeoffs and landings (cycles).
The aircraft was technically checked on 11 July 2014 and was all right.

At 12:31 the Boeing 777-200 left from the new runway (36L) for departure eastward over
Germany, Poland and Ukraine. At 15:18 hours Dutch time contact with the machine was broken, mh17 flew just at the height of the boundary between Ukraine and Russia at that time and was flying for almost 3 hours from Amsterdam to get to Kuala Lumpur.
During the flight, there were no details reported by the cockpit to the various controllers on the ground.


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Information about Flight MH17 and accident description


Official statement from Russian Defense Ministry in connection with Boeing 777 crash 18.07.2014

The Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation released the following statement in connection with the crash of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

"In view of the objective investigation of the air crash of the Boeing 777 that crashed on the territory of Ukraine, it is necessary to conduct thorough investigation with the involvement of representatives of all interested international organizations. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, there are units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the disaster area; the units are armed with anti-aircraft missile systems Buk-M1. In the area of northwestern outskirts of Donetsk, divisions of the 156th anti-aircraft missile regiment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are deployed, with 27 Buk M1 complexes. These complexes, on their tactical and technical characteristics, are capable of detecting air targets at distances of up to 160 kilometers and striking them at all altitudes at a range of over 30 kilometers. Moreover, in the skies over the Donetsk region, aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force equipped with different types of missiles are constantly present. This is an undeniable fact.

"Statements from official Kiev saying that those complexes or aircraft did not open fire on air targets raise serious doubts. In such a short period of time, making such unequivocal conclusions under the conditions of fierce fighting in the area is impossible. Such responsible statements that entail serious legal consequences, require full investigation.

"In connection with all sorts of insinuations concerning the actions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the border regions of Ukraine, we herewith responsibly declare that:

"On July 17, air defense systems of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were not working in the area.

"The aircraft of the Air Force of the Russia were not performing any sorties on July 17 in the regions bordering on the Donetsk region.

"This information is fully confirmed by means of objective control.

"One should pay attention to the fact that Boeing 777 was conducting the flight beyond the range of air defense systems of the Russian Federation. The aircraft was flying in the airspace of Ukraine, under the control of its air traffic management system.

"We urge the international community to conduct thorough investigation of the disaster."


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