FOUR months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtained video that shows how close the burning passenger jet came to hitting village homes.
The video also suggests that residents first assumed it was a Ukrainian military plane that had been struck.
The amateur footage, filmed by a resident of Hrabove, shows people reacting in alarm as wreckage blazes only a few metres away from their homes on the afternoon of July 17.
The video is perhaps the first taken immediately after the plane came down.
The ultimate cause of the MH17 disaster is the subject of major diplomatic disputes.
All 298 people aboard the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when it was shot down over a rebel-held area.
Charred remains of the aircraft are scattered around fields over an area of 20 square kilometres.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Tony Abbott asked Russian president Russian president Vladimir Putin to formally apologise for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July.
Mr Abbott, who last month famously vowed to "shirtfront" Mr Putin, said Russia should also pay compensation to the families of the 298 people who died in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, including 38 Australian citizens and residents.
Mr Abbott held a 15-minute private meeting with Mr Putin on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Beijing.
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said he told Mr Putin he should follow the "precedent" set by the United States when it accidentally shot down an Iranian civilian aircraft in 1988.
A statement from Mr Abbott's office said the Prime Minister had "observed that when the United States had inadvertently shot down a civilian aircraft, it had duly apologised and made appropriate restitution".
"He commended the precedent to President Putin," the statement said.
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