Fred Westerbeke of the Dutch National Prosecutors Office told reporters on Friday that the shooting-down scenario "is the one getting the most attention now" in the international criminal investigation into the 17th July downing of the Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine.

The plane went down over territory held by pro-Russian rebels, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.

A separate Dutch air crash investigation concluded this week that the plane was hit from the outside by numerous high-energy objects, but stopped short of calling it a missile strike.

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