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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Disaster

Sydney Morning Herald / Kate Geraghty

By: Anonymous

Published: 1 year ago

UPDATE 2 May 2017: The Perth, Australia, family who tragically lost three children alongside their grandfather in the MH17 tragedy in 2014 have reached a settlement with Malaysian Airlines. 

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all on board.

Aboard the flight were 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members. The passengers hailed from four continents and 10 different countries, including the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom.

A 15-month investigation by Dutch authorities determined that the plane crashed after being hit by a Russian-made missile. An international team of criminal investigators later said evidence showed that the missile had been brought in from Russian territory and was fired from a field controlled by pro-Russia fighters, according to the BBC.

Read and share tributes to the MH17 victims and learn more about the 298 who died.

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?" Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who'd been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning... Read more

Auke Dalstra, chief financial officer of the VMI Group, and his wife, Aafke, were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and died in the crash on July 17. The couple was en route to their holiday destination, from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read more

The pain and loss from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are being felt around the world. The Netherlands was dealt the harshest blow, losing 191 of its citizens... Read more

This is the face of Tessa van der Sande, another Dutch victim of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Tessa is one of 193 Dutch nationals who died in the tragedy. Amnesty International in Holland tweeted the following message in Dutch with a photo of Tessa: "Our dear colleague Tessa van der Sande was aboard # MH17. We sympathize with her boyfriend, family and friends." Read more

Quinn Lucas Schansman, a dual U.S. and Dutch citizen, was confirmed as a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down in eastern Ukraine. Schansman was on his way to meet his family members who were vacationing in Malaysia. Read more

UPDATE 2 May 2017: The Perth, Australia, family who tragically lost three children alongside their grandfather in the MH17 tragedy in 2014 have reached a settlement with Malaysian Airlines. Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris' children, Mo, eight, Evie, 10 and Otis, 12, died when the plane they were travelling in was shot down over Ukraine. The young siblings had been heading home to Perth with their grandad Nick Norris after a family holiday in Europe. Read more

Planting Hope: a sunflower tribute to the victims of MH17

Amid the wreckage of MH17 and a war, Fairfax chief correspondent Paul McGeoughand photographer Kate Geraghtydecided to collect a keepsake for family and friends of the victims. Read more