MH17 - Timeline

Find out what happened after the downing of flight MH17 above eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014; such as UN Security Council resolution 2166, the report of the Dutch Safety Board, the inauguration of the National Monument MH17 and the start of the trial against four suspects.

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Downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014, 13.20.23 hours (UTC) above eastern Ukraine

The Boeing 777-200 of Malaysia Airlines was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and flying over eastern Ukraine.

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopts Resolution 2166 on 21 July 2014

The UNSC adopts UNSC Resolution 2166 calling on all States to fully cooperate with efforts to establish accountability.

Repatriation of Dutch casualties starts on 23 July 2014

The first forty victims are repatriated to the Netherlands and arrive at a military airport in Eindhoven.

Joint Investigation Team (JIT) established on 7 August 2014

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The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) at a press conference in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands on 19 June 2019.

On 7 August 2014, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is established. The JIT, consisting of investigative authorities from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium and Ukraine, conducts the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17.

Dutch Safety Board reports on 13 October 2015

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Flight MH17 was downed with a 9N314M missile shot from a Buk surface to air missile system.

Decision JIT-countries to prosecute in the Netherlands on 5 July 2017

Trial and prosecution will take place by and in the Netherlands, under Dutch law.

Inauguration of the National Monument MH17 on 17 July 2017

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To commemorate all 298 victims a monument is built in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Màxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony.

Decision to start prosecution on 19 June 2019

The Public Prosecutor decides to prosecute four suspects, based on the evidence gathered by the JIT.

Start of MH17 trial on 9 March 2020

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Start of the trial before the District Court of The Hague at the Justice Complex Schiphol in Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands. For summaries of the court's hearings, have a look at this webpage

For a more detailed timeline have a look at (English and Dutch)