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article imageMH17 crash video, newly released, shows plane nearly hit village

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 17, 2014 in World
Amateur footage was released of the moments after the crash of Malaysian Flight MH17, shot down in July in Ukraine. The video, taken from a cellphone by a local, shows how close the plane came to landing on the small village of Hrabove.
Shocking footage of MH17 crash aftermath
The video was shot July 17 right after the plane came down and killed all 298 persons on board. The smoke and debris can be seen only yards from a house where villagers are running and watching. Some try to douse flames with buckets of water but it becomes apparent no one could have survived the disaster and they eventually stop.
Voices are heard, some stand and gawk, black smoke rises, the holder of the camera moves closer to the disaster. Residents of the village, in the eastern part of Ukraine where the plane came down, likely thought it was a military plane as the area was, and still is, in the hands of rebels. There had been a military transport plane shot down in the region three days before.
The release of the video footage comes on the heels of Dutch aviation experts finally being able to begin removing MH17 debris from the crash site in order to conduct an investigation. The remains of many passengers are still at the crash site and also being removed. The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and 193 of those on board were Dutch nationals.
Rebels believed to have shot down MH17
It is believed that MH17 was brought down by the Russian rebels who hold the area, though they continue to deny it. However, reports indicated at the time that an SA-11 missile launcher was used to down the domestic flight and such a launcher was given to the rebels by Russia and was in the vicinity when the plane was hit.
Further, a leader of the pro-Russian separatists had bragged on social media about shooting down a transport plane that day. That leader's posts, as has been widely reported, were taken down when it was learned it was a civilian plane that was destroyed. No other plane was hit that day.
A photo Russian media produced, allegedly of the plane being shot down by another plane, has widely been criticized, and ridiculed, as a fake. It was produced days before Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia on Friday. Putin left the summit early after being hounded by other leaders about his countries involvement in Ukraine.
The person who produced the footage of the moments after the plane came down outside the village has asked not to be identified.
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