KUALA LUMPUR — May 24, 2018: After four years of investigation into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) revealed that the plane was shot down by a Russian missile, the BUK TELAR.
In a statement published at its website today, JIT said the team was convinced that the BUK TELAR was used to down MH17. It originated from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian Army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.
The statement said several images of the BUK TELAR are available and that analyses produced a number of characteristics.
The combination is so special that it can be considered as a fingerprint. This fingerprint has been compared with numerous images of BUK TELARS, both Ukrainian and Russian ones.
The only BUK TELAR on which this combination of characteristics was also found is a BUK TELAR that was recorded several times when it joined a convoy of the 53rd brigade on June 23 to of that yeard.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was travelling from Amsterdam to KL when it was shot down over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board were killed.