Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a Russian-made "warhead" fired from eastern Ukraine that detonated outside the jet's cockpit, Dutch investigators concluded in their final report Tuesday.
The findings of the Dutch Safety Board — which did not assign blame for the deadly crash — were announced at a press conference against the dramatic backdrop of the Boeing 777's partially reconstructed fuselage.
Tjibbe Joustra, chairman of the Dutch Safety Board, told those gathered that the crash was caused by "the detonation of a warhead" to the left of the cockpit.
The warhead was a BUK surface-to-air missile — which is made in Russia, according to Reuters.
Giving what was the most detailed description of the jet's final moments to date, Joustra said the explosion killed the plane's three crew members in the cockpit and that investigators had found "high energy fragments" in their bodies.
The blast — less than one yard from the plane's fuselage — also caused "structural damage," which resulted in the jet's "forward part" tearing off. The plane broke up in midair and scattered over a 20-square-mile area, he said.
The Dutch investigators' findings were released just hours after the company which manufacture the BUK missile system released its own report.