MH17 crash investigation: Secret missile tests in Finland with relation to MH17 crash investigation

12:14 Sep. 28, 2016

Secret missile tests in Finland with relation to MH17 crash investigation

Parts of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are displayed in a hangar at Gilze-Rijen airbase, Netherlands. March 2015 (AP Photo)

Former Finnish Prime Minister and current chair of the defence committee Matti Vanhanen confirmed on Wednesday the tests were carried out in Finland two years ago

Finland conducted secret probes two years ago, but the exact location and time of the tests remain secret. The aim of the tests was to determine what kind of weapon could be used to fire missiles that brought down the MH17 flight. The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported earlier that the tests found the weapon in question was a Russian Buk missile.

Read more New MH17 report to arrive today - Reuters

Finland's National Bureau of Investigation also confirmed on Wednesday that the agency helped the Dutch Safety Board, which is leading the investigation into the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane.

Read more Russian Defence Ministry presents new data proving the previous ones were a fake

The catastrophe happened on July 17th, 2014. The Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur was shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died. The previous investigation showed that the plane was downed by Buk missile from the territory, controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces. 

Read more "From day one Dutch government assumed Russian separatists were behind MH17 disaster"

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