Prosecutors: 1 MH17 Passenger Had Oxygen Mask On

The body of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was found wearing an oxygen mask. This was a statement from Dutch prosecutors onThursday, raising questions about how much those on board the flight knew about their fate as their plane exploded above eastern Ukraine in July.

The passenger, an Australian, did not have the mask on his face however its elastic strap was around his neck, said Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the Dutch National Prosecutor’s Office, which is carrying out a criminal investigation into the disaster.

Prosecutors: 1 MH17 Passenger Had Oxygen Mask On
The Boeing 777 disintegrated in mid-air and experts believed the passengers would have known little about it ©AFP

According to news report, De Bruin said Dutch forensic experts investigated the mask “for fingerprints, saliva and DNA and that did not produce any results. So it is not known how or when that mask got around the neck of the victim.”

The plane had been flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17 July when it went down over rebel-held territory. Pro-Russian separatist leaders deny shooting it down with a missile.

De Bruin said no other bodies from the wreckage were found wearing masks. He said he did not know where the Australian victim had been sitting in the plane.

All 298 passengers and crew died when the jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur ended up in pieces July 17. Dutch air crash investigators said it was likely struck by multiple “high-energy objects” which some aviation experts say is consistent with a missile strike.