Photo of Likely Missile That Brought Down MH17 Released by Investigators

All 298 people on board the plane were killed in the 2014 crash.

ByKIRIT RADIA and MEGHAN KENEALLY
June 6, 2016, 4:44 PM

— -- Investigators have released a picture of what they believe is a portion of the missile that caused MH17 to crash in July 2014.

The Joint Investigative Team, which is being led by Dutch officials, is tasked with determining how the plane crashed, killing all 298 people on board. The plane was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam.

PHOTO: A Buk missile reference model is examined and fully dismantled. The parts are compared with fragments found at the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site.
A Buk missile reference model is examined and fully dismantled. The parts are compared with fragments found at the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site.
Joint Investigation Team

The investigators now want more information from Russia about the Buk missile but Russia still denies any involvement, blaming Ukrainian forces. Ukraine and the West say Russian-backed rebels fired the weapon. The Dutch Safety Board report determined last year that the plane was downed by a Russian-made Buk but did not formally conclude who fired the missile.

Investigators are studying tiny metal fragments found at the crash site and have combed the landscape in search of clues.

PHOTO: At the Gilze-Rijen Air Base outside of the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands, the Joint Investigation Team uses the debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to create a reconstruction of the aircraft.
At the Gilze-Rijen Air Base outside of the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands, the Joint Investigation Team uses the debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to create a reconstruction of the aircraft.
Joint Investigation Team

But the report notes how the regional conflict is impacting the investigation.

“The most significant complication: the crime scene is located in a war zone,” the report reads. “For the forensic investigation the police investigators are forced to limit themselves to only the material that was brought back from Ukraine to the Netherlands: debris, soil samples and other materials.”

PHOTO: Search and rescue specialists inspect the crash area of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 near Grabovo, Ukraine, July 20, 2014.Search and rescue specialists inspect the crash area of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 near Grabovo, Ukraine, July 20, 2014.
Search and rescue specialists inspect the crash area of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 near Grabovo, Ukraine, July 20, 2014.
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The final report is expected later this year.

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