The operator of the BUK rocket launcher might not have known that he was shooting a passenger plane of the Malaysian airlines MN17 in the Donbas, according to the former commander of the Finnish BUK battalion Esa Kelloniemi.

He noted that the BUK system should be managed by three people who had received special training.

The expert said that the BUK launcher is just one of the components of a large complex, which also includes a mobile command post and a radar that transmits data on air facilities.

Kelloniemi further noted that the launcher might fire a shot itself, but its operator will not know where it is shooting, because it does not know the target assignation.

The expert stressed that in any case the use of the BUK launcher against Ukrainian planes by militants is an irresponsible decision.

Reference:  the Boeing 777 aircraft of Malaysian Airlines, following from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down on July 17, 2014 in the area of Torez (Donetsk region).

On September 21, 2017, the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine signed a memorandum on political support for the criminal prosecution of those responsible for the Malaysian MN17 crash under the Dutch legislation.

The main person involved in the case of the plane crash of the Malaysian Boeing flight MN17 in the sky over the Donbas in 2014 is the chief inspector of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Nikolai Tkachev with the callsign Dolphin.

Earlier, British intelligence stated that the Russian military delivered an anti-aircraft missile system to the Donbas in the summer of 2014, from which the Malaysian Boeing MN17was downed.