MH17 Preliminary Reports Released

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The preliminary report on the MH17 case was released by the Dutch Safety Board yesterday, and is available for public viewing. The final report is expected to be released within a year of the crash after further investigation.  The preliminary report, according to The Star, added weight to claims that the plane was hit by shrapnel from a missile when it crashed, while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.

The 34-page report also made it clear that the crew and the Malaysia Airlines aircraft were clear of any competency or technical problems that may have contributed to the crash. The report said that the aircraft’s maintenance record showed that MH17 was in airworthy condition before its departure from Amsterdam. The crew members were also cleared as being qualified to operate a Boeing 777 with valid medical certificates.

According to the preliminary report, the plane had broken up after being hit, or penetrated, by a large number of high energy objects from outside the aircraft.

“It is likely this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up.

“The pattern of damage observed in the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft was not consistent with the damage that would be expected from any known failure mode of the aircraft, its engines or systems,” said the report.

The report also made it clear that MH17 was flying over an unrestricted airspace area, above the restricted area mentioned in a notice by the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise.

The investigation on MH17 is being led by the Dutch Safety Board who is coordinating with a team of international investigators with experts from Britain, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, the United States, Ukraine and Russia.

To read the full MH17 report, click here.

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