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'Large number of high-energy objects' brought down MH17

The first report on the downing of flight MH17 found that the plane was punctured by a 'large number of high-energy objects' which lead to the plane falling apart in the air, Dutch investigators found.

Members of a group of international experts inspect wreckage at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed. Credit: Reuters

Based on the preliminary findings to date, no indications of any technical or operational issues were found with the aircraft or crew...

The damage observed in the forward section of the aircraft appears to indicate that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft. It is likely that this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up.

– MH17 report

Preliminary report due into downing of MH17

Dutch crash investigators are due to release a preliminary report into the downing of flight MH17 later today.

The report will be issued by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB), which is leading the investigation into the disaster, in which 10 Britons were among the 298 people killed.

No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Credit: Soner Kilinc / Anadolu Agency

The DSB expects to publish the final report within a year after the crash.

No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over war-torn Ukraine on 17th July, but it is suspected that the plane was been hit by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists.

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Russia demands MH17 black box data release

Russia has launched a media attack on Western countries, demanding to know why international investigators have yet to publish the black box data from a Malaysian airliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July, a deputy defence minister said in an interview published on Saturday.

MH17 crash site Credit: Reuters

The Netherlands, which had 195 nationals on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, is leading the international investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Moscow blames Ukraine for the disaster, in which all 298 passengers and crew were killed. In a version of events widely believed in the West, Ukraine says the Boeing 777 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists with a surface-to-air missile.

Killed Newcastle fan 'only missed one match in 50 years'

The body of John Alder, who was killed in the MH17 disaster, has been formally identified.

Tribute to the Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder who died in the MH17 disaster. Credit: PA

The life-long Newcastle United supporter had reportedly only missed one match in 50 years. Mr Alder was known as the Undertaker among the fans "because he always wore a black suit and white shirt to every match", his neighbour said.

The 63-year-old from Gateshead was travelling with Liam Sweeney, 28, to watch Newcastle United play in New Zealand.

Newcastle fan killed in MH17 disaster identified

The body of a second Newcastle United football fan who was killed in the MH17 disaster has been identified, the Foreign Office said.

Newcastle United super fan John Alder, 63, was travelling to New Zealand to watch their team play pre-season friendlies. Credit: SWNS

Newcastle United super fan John Alder, 63, was travelling to New Zealand with his friend Liam Sweeney, 28, to watch their team play pre-season friendlies when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in the Ukraine five weeks ago.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Service spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the positive identification of another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. "The family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

The crash claimed the lives of all 298 people on board.

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British MH17 victim formally identified

A British passenger aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine has been formally identified as as former BBC journalist Glenn Thomas, the Foreign Office said.

Glenn Thomas appeared in an ITV Tonight documentary about the safety of e-cigarettes in January. Credit: ITV Tonight

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the formal identification of another British victim of Flight MH17 Glenn Thomas."

They added: "His family have been informed. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to provide consular assistance to the family."

The 49-year-old was among the 298 passengers and crew aboard the doomed flight, which is believed to have been downed by pro-Russian separatists last month.

Thomas had been a media officer for the World Health Organisation in Geneva for more than a decade and was travelling to an International Aids Conference in Australia.

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Ukraine air crash victim's remains finally identified

Glenn Thomas.

The family of Blackpool man Glenn Thomas, who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed, have been told his body has been recovered and identified.

Mr Thomas, 49, a media officer at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, was among 298 people killed when the Boeing 777-200 aircraft was downed over Ukraine on July 17.

The family of the former Granada and BBC journalist told ITV News they hope to bring his remains back to the UK very soon to enable his funeral to take place.

Ceremony held as Malaysian MH17 victims arrive home

Some 43 Malaysians were among the 298 people killed in the disaster. Credit: Reuters
The remains of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victim are carried during a repatriation ceremony. Credit: Reuters
A relative of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster reacts during the ceremony. Credit: Reuters

Malaysian bodies from MH17 arrive in Kuala Lumpur

The remains of 20 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine have arrived in Kuala Lumpur.

The victims, the first to be repatriated from the flight to the country, arrived in a Malaysia Airlines jet on a national day of mourning.

All 298 passengers and crew on board MH17 died when it was shot down in July. Credit: Reuters

A minute's silence will be held to honour the victims, while the Malaysian government has requested people to wear black as a mark of respect.

All 298 passengers and crew on board died when the plane was shot down over a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine.

Forty-three Malaysian nationals were among the victims.

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