MH17 preliminary findings in ‘a few weeks’

Flight MH17 shortly before is disappeared from Flightrader24.com. (Image © Flightradar24.com)
Flight MH17 shortly before is disappeared from Flightrader24.com. (Image © Flightradar24.com)

The team investigating the crash of Malaysian Airliners flight MH17 on 17 July over Ukraine is continuing work in The Hague, the Netherlands. In recent weeks, an international team of some 25 aircraft accident investigators has collected as much investigation information as possible in Ukraine. The team aims to publish the report of preliminary findings in a few weeks’ time, according to the Dutch Safety Board on Monday 11 August 2014.

Since it is not necessary to stay in Ukraine any longer to analyse the information and write a report on the preliminary findings, the team has relocated to The Hague to continue its work.
The focus is now on putting together the preliminary findings, based on various sources such as the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder (the black boxes), air traffic control data, radar and satellite images. This data is currently being compared and will subsequently be analysed.

Due to the changed safety situation in East Ukraine it is unclear whether the data can be
supplemented with information from further investigations at the crash site. To date under Ukranian supervision only a few investigators were able to briefly visit the crash site immediately after the planecrash. Since the Dutch Safety Board took charge of the investigation no new opportunity has arisen for the team to visit the crash site. The investigators who were on stand-by in Kharkov and Soledar, returned to the Netherlands last week in light of the deteriorated safety situation in East Ukraine.

Shot down
Flight MH17 crashed on 17 July during a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, most likely as a result of being shot down with an SA-11 ‘Buk’ missile. A 298 people on board were killed, among them 197 Dutch citizens. The official investigation is therefore led by Dutch authorities.

In addition to the investigation into the relevant facts of the MH17 disaster, the Dutch Safety Board is conducting an investigation into the decision-making process concerning the flight routes and the risk assessment made in choosing to fly over East Ukraine. The Dutch Safety Board is also investigating why the complete passenger list for MH17 was not available immediately.

Source: Dutch Safety Board

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