Wreckage of flight MH17 is seen after the presentation of the investigation report on the cause of its crash, at the Gilze-Rijen air base, the Netherlands, on Oct. 13, 2015. The crash of flight MH17 on 17 July last year was caused by the detonation of a 9N314M-type warhead launched from eastern Ukraine using a Buk missile system, said the investigation report published Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB). (Xinhua/Sylvia Lederer)
GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash was caused by a Buk missile system, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in one of its final reports published on Tuesday.
Prior to the official publication of the reports, around 600 relatives were informed about the conclusions of the investigation during a closed information meeting at the World Forum in The Hague.
According to relatives, the reports stated that occupants of the Malaysian Airlines flight lost consciousness seconds after the impact of a missile, with the cockpit crew being killed instantly.
The Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board died, of which 296 have been identified.
The reports being presented at Gilze-Rijen Air Base focused on four themes: the causes of the crash, the issue of flying over conflict areas, the reasons why Dutch surviving relatives had to wait for two to four days for confirmation that their loved ones had been on the plane, and the question to what extent the occupants of flight MH17 consciously experienced the crash.