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Death Flight MH 17

45' (GER, ENG subs)
Was the airliner shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet, as Moscow would lead us to believe? Or did the pro-Russian separatists launch a ground-to-air missile? A propaganda war is raging in times when the Cold War seems to have returned. From the outset, the investigations have been overshadowed by blunders, obstructions and lies.

Was the airliner shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet, as Moscow would lead us to believe? Or did the pro-Russian separatists launch a ground-to-air missile? A propaganda war is raging in times when the Cold War seems to have returned. The investigations have been overshadowed by blunders, obstructions and lies. The Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed directly onto the front where Russia and the Ukraine are fighting a brutal war. Those who suffer from these accusations are the immediate families and friends of the victims.

At noon on the 17th of July 2014, the passengers of flight MH17 were waiting in the departure lounge of Amsterdam Airport. Laurens and his girlfriend, Karleijn were embarking on their first vacation trip as a couple. “They were so looking forward to it,” recalls Laurens’ father. “Shortly before departure they sent us a photo. Their smiles are so broad – they couldn’t be any broader.” The crew of MH17 was already on board. Captain Wan Amran Bin Wan Hussein had missed his son Yunus’ 11th birthday, but had promised that they would celebrate it later- as soon as he got back to Malaysia. Around four and a half hours later the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died and to this day nobody has been brought to justice for the tragedy.

The Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed directly into the front where Russia and the Ukraine are fighting a brutal war. From this moment on there has been a propaganda war: The rebels of the DPR blame the Ukrainian government for the disaster, whereas the government blames Russia and the insurgents to have shot down the plane by missile. Those who suffer from of these accusations are the immediate families and friends of the victims. Every day they are faced with horrifying news of what could have happened and how the media, who has unlimited access to the crash site, systematically transports misinformation in this highly emotional matter. This report gives answers to previously unsettled questions and will give insights through statements of eyewitnesses, international investigators, military experts, politicians and intelligence agents.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Todesflug MH 17 - Warum mussten 298 Menschen sterben?
Year: 2015
Length: 45' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Michael Wech, Demian von Osten, Ralph Hötte
Produced by: WDR

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