Probe into Ukraine plane disaster eyes Buk missile launchers

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster is officially looking into a scenario that the plane was downed by a missile fired from conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine.

A Dutch judicial statement said Monday the international investigating team is looking for witnesses "that can tell more about the transport, crew and firing of a Buk missile system in the Donbass region."

The cause of the MH17 disaster last summer is a subject of major diplomatic disputes. Ukraine and Western governments say Russia-backed separatist fighters are responsible for downing the plane, while Russian state-run television has claimed Ukraine's air force was to blame. All 298 people aboard the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed.

The Dutch statement said it was "too early to come to conclusions."