Putting the pieces together

This photograph released yesterday shows the reconstructed front of the Malaysia Airlines plane that was downed by a missile over Ukraine, killing 298 people, at the Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base in the Netherlands in October last year. Parts of the coc
PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

This photograph released yesterday shows the reconstructed front of the Malaysia Airlines plane that was downed by a missile over Ukraine, killing 298 people, at the Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base in the Netherlands in October last year. Parts of the cockpit and business class were reconstructed from wreckage retrieved from Ukraine and brought to the Netherlands where the crash investigation is based. Grieving family and friends of six victims of the tragedy from New South Wales watched a graphic reconstruction of how the aircraft was downed at an inquest in Sydney yesterday, where the coroner described the incident as "gross mass murder". The investigation into the downing of the plane on July 17, 2014 is being led by the Netherlands because the flight had left Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur. It is not expected to wind up until the end of the year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Putting the pieces together'. Print Edition | Subscribe