HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtained video that shows how close the burning passenger jet came to hitting village homes.
The amateur footage shows people reacting in alarm as wreckage blazes only a few yards from their homes on the afternoon of July 17.
All 298 people aboard the Boeing 777 were killed when the plane went down in an area held by rebels. Charred remains of the aircraft were scattered around fields over an 8-square-mile area.
Workers began collecting debris from the crash site today under the supervision of Dutch investigators and officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The recovered fragments will be loaded onto trains and taken to the government-controlled eastern city of Kharkiv.
The investigation into what happened to MH17 is being conducted in Kharkiv and in the Netherlands. Most of those aboard were Dutch citizens.