MH17 crash report coming soon

Comment on this story
IOL pic july24 flight mh17 vigil malaysia Reuters A woman holds a candle during a vigil for victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, in Subang Jaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on July 23, 2014. Picture: Samsul Said

The Hague - Dutch air crash investigators have announced that they will release a preliminary report next Tuesday into what brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers.

“The preliminary report will present factual information based on sources available to the Dutch Safety Board (OVV),” investigators said in a statement.

The highly-anticipated first report will be released on the OVV's website at 10am (08h00 GMT) but there will be “no press conference”, it said.

“In the months to come further investigation is needed before the final report is written,” added the OVV, which earlier said it hoped to have a final report “within a year”.

The Netherlands is in charge of probing the crash of the Malaysia airlines Boeing 777 which exploded over strife-torn Ukraine on July 17, killing all on board, including 193 Dutch citizens.

The West has blamed Russian-backed separatists for shooting down Flight MH17, while Moscow blames Kiev.

Air crash investigators returned to The Hague from Ukraine in early August without being able to visit the crash site, due to the deteriorating security situation in the country's volatile east.

Ukrainian air crash experts - who now form part of the OVV team - did however visit the scene shortly after the crash.

The aircraft's black boxes have been shipped to Farnborough in Britain to be examined by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

The search for body parts, however, has been suspended since early August due to heavy fighting between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in the area. - AFP



sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.