Investigators from the Dutch Safety Board have issued their preliminary report into the MH17 disaster, in which they have concluded that the B777 broke up in the air after sustaining substantial damage to its cockpit and forward fuselage from high-energy projectiles. The Dutch Safety Board said that that a “large number of high-energy objects” penetrated the forward section of the jet. The Board also said: “It is likely that this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break-up.” There was “no indication”, it added, of any technical or operational issue, and no

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