File:MH17 preliminary report.pdf
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|The preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on 17 July 2014|
Subjects: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Example of: Official report
Source: Dutch Safety Board (Link)
This is officially described as a "preliminary report" with a full report scheduled to be issued by the summer of 2015.
The report has been a long time coming. It appears consistent with SA missile, A2A missile and and fighter plane cannon-fire attack . It rules out any possibility of either technical failure or crew/passenger actions as causes of the disaster
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The report does not apportion blame and publishes little that can easily be harnessed to the "Putin did it" meme'.
The physical evidence it describes is in fact more consistent with a fighter attack firing cannon from the port-side rear of the airliner since the cockpit area damage it describes and illustrates with images is also consistent with damage which - tellingly - it neither describes nor posts images of, but which is readily available to view online - see image right.
None of this has prevented the western MSM again trying desperately to keep alive the "Putin did it" meme, though in a more subdued form. This for example from the New York Times:
The finding is consistent with theories that the jetliner was brought down by a missile designed to detonate before reaching its intended target, spraying it with sharp metal fragments.
The objects struck the cockpit and front fuselage of the eastbound plane, investigators for the Dutch Safety Board reported, strongly suggesting that they were fired from eastern Ukraine or western Russia. The investigators did not identify the source of the fragments that struck the aircraft or who was responsible for launching them. 
However, since the 'Buk' missile alleged by the "Putin did it" meme to have been used, is designed to explode above the target aircraft and the direction of missile fire is largely immaterial to whether it detonates slightly ahead of or behind, the statement that it supports a missile having come from 'eastern Ukraine or western Russia is factually incorrect.
- ↑ Malaysian Jet Over Ukraine Was Downed by ‘High-Energy Objects,’ Dutch Investigators Say - New York Times 9 September 2014
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