On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot out of the sky above Ukraine. Aboard were 298 people, 38 of whom were Australians. No one survived.
Subsequently it was shown that the airliner was almost certainly hit by a Buk surface-to-air missile fired by Ukrainian separatists aided by the Russian military. The debris from the plane's disintegration mid-air was spread over 50 square kilometres, but for weeks rescue teams and investigators were denied access. The Russians have refused to take any responsibility for the deaths.
This is the story of some of the people who boarded that fatal flight and the conflict below them that was doomed to destroy their lives and the happiness of the people they left behind. The fullest account yet published, it is also the story of a continuing clamour for justice. Unsettling, compelling and revealing, Shot Down will provoke both outrage that this criminal act could have happened and deep sadness for the lives lost.
'A compelling account of one of the most appalling aviation atrocities of our time.' JIM EAMES, author of Courage in the Skies
Marianne van Velzen
Allen & Unwin
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01 July 2019
Map: Route taken by MH17 Map: MH17 debris sites Chapter 1 Amsterdam, 17 July 2014 Chapter 2 Ukraine, November 2013 Chapter 3 17 July 2014 Chapter 4 Ukraine, November-December 2013 Chapter 5 17 July 2014 Chapter 6 Ukraine, January-March 2014 Chapter 7 17 July 2014 Chapter 8 Crimea, February-March 2014 Chapter 9 17 July 2014 Chapter 10 Ukraine, March 2014 Chapter 11 17 July 2014 Chapter 12 Ukraine, June-July 2014 Chapter 13 17 July 2014 Chapter 14 Ukraine, 17 July 2014 Chapter 15 17 July 2014 Chapter 16 Chaos Chapter 17 Outrage Chapter 18 Bringing them home Chapter 19 The Buk Chapter 20 The wreckage Chapter 21 2015 Chapter 22 2016 Chapter 23 2017 Chapter 24 2018 Chapter 25 Empty chairs Appendix List of victims Acknowledgements Notes References
Marianne van Velzen was born in the Netherlands in 1953 but emigrated to Australia with her parents as an infant. Returning to the Netherlands in later life, she became a journalist working in both Australia and the Netherlands. She has written a number of books.