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Dutch police say the plane most likely was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

Officials initially ruled out terrorism, but conspiracy theories have endured.

Until the wreckage is found and examined, it is difficult to say for sure what happened to the plane.

The Boeing 777, carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, is believed to have crashed off the coast of western Australia in the southern Indian Ocean.

However, searches across vast areas of the Indian Ocean have failed to find any confirmed sign of it.

International teams seeking to retrieve remains and salvage evidence had difficulty reaching the crash site due to clashes between Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatist rebels.

Forensic experts working in the Netherlands have since identified remains from all but three people.

Investigators say the jet went into a dangerously fast climb and stalled before crashing, and are looking into whether turbulence or updrafts contributed to its drastic climb. Authorities believe others are still inside the fuselage and other big pieces of wreckage.

——— TRANSASIA AIRWAYS GE222 A twin-propeller ATR 72-500 operated by Trans Asia Airways crashed into homes on the island of Penghu in the Taiwan Strait, west of the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, as it made a second attempt to land on July 23.

——— MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 17 All 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, mostly Dutch citizens, were killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17.

The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur at about 33,000 feet when, according to Dutch air crash investigators, it was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects".

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