An investigative panel into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine is due to make its report Tuesday, but there may be no absolute determination of who fired a missile believed to have struck the plane during its flight.
The Dutch-led investigation is expected to explain how the crash is believed to have occurred, but not who is to blame for the firing of the missile. Four other nations with citizens on the doomed plane — Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, and Ukraine — participated in the probe.
Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant cited three sources in a Monday report saying the probe concluded that a Russian-made Buk missile was fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Russia is expected to release a separate report on Tuesday.
The crash on July 17, 2014, killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch citizens on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The report is expected to address four questions: what caused the crash; why the aircraft was flying over rebel-held territory in Ukraine, which is seen as a “conflict region;” why families of the victims had to wait several days to find out whether their loved ones were on the plane; and whether the passengers and crew were aware of the impending crash in their final moments.
The investigators are also expected to show parts of the aircraft collected from the crash site, in an effort to reconstruct the damaged plane.
(Photo: Netherlands defence ministry)