Vic inquest findings after MH17 tragedy

By Caitlin Guilfoyle

Relatives of Victoria's MH17 victims desperately want someone brought to justice as they continue to hear more about the disaster and its aftermath.

Deputy state coroner Iain West on Wednesday handed down findings into the deaths of the 17 Victorians killed.

He found they died from "injury sustained in high altitude aircraft disruption" and noted conclusions from the Dutch Safety Board report.

A criminal investigation, coordinated by the Netherlands public prosecutor, will continue until at least mid-2016.

All 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight, including 38 Australian nationals and residents, died when the plane was downed over eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year.

It was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with many Australians aboard because it was due to meet a connecting flight to Melbourne.

Mr West, who travelled overseas to observe victim identification processes after the disaster, this week heard from emotional family members as part of a joint inquest.

Some said they could not get closure until someone is convicted.

"We will always pray that justice will appear some day," Vanessa Rizk, daughter of victims Albert and Maree Rizk, told the Coroners Court of Victoria on Tuesday.

The aircraft disintegrated after detonation of a warhead from a Russian-brand surface-to-air BUK missile, above the left side of the cockpit.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Donoghue, senior investigating officer of Australia's MH17 response, said they were unable to confirm the origin of the specific missile.

The model has also previously been supplied to Ukraine.

Mr West said MH17 had a profound impact on the world, raising many questions about what happened and who was to blame.

It is the role of the criminal investigation to assign responsibility, he said, but he did find the deaths were caused by the actions of another person or persons.

He assured the families that their loved ones' remains were identified through the same procedures and high standards that would have taken place if the crash happened in Australia.

Professor David Ranson, of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, told the inquest "injury" could refer to a wide variety of damage to the body, and not all MH17 victims were affected in the same way.