✈︎ MH-17 Dutch Interim Report

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10 September 2014 CJOB Radio Interview on
Dutch Interim Report on the Flight MH-17

Malaysia Airlines Flight Mh17 Crash

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17 July 2014; Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER; 9M-MRD; flight MH17; near Grabovo, Ukraine: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight between Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The aircraft in cruise at about 33,000 feet when it experienced a catastrophic in flight breakup. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members were killed. The area of eastern Ukraine where the crash occurred was a conflict zone, and flights of commercial airliners were prohibited at altitudes below 32,000 feet.

Preliminary Crash Report
On 9 September 2014, the Dutch Safety Board, which at the request of Ukraine is heading the investigation, released their preliminary report about the crash. Because of the ongoing armed conflict in the area, the investigation focused on analysis of the information in the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR), as well as information from photographs of the wreckage. Among the key findings and observations were:

  • The aircraft at the time of departure was in an airworthy condition with no known technical malfunctions.
  • There were no indications that either the CVR or FDR were altered.
  • Both the CVR and FDR stopped recording at the same time.
  • The last radio transmissions by the flight crew ended four seconds before the CVR and FDR stopped recording.
  • The aircraft was on a constant speed, heading, and altitude when the FDR stopped recording.
  • There were no indications of any technical or operation issue with the aircraft or the crew prior to the end of the CVR and FDR recordings.
  • Three other commercial airliners, two 777s and an A330, were in the same general vicinity as flight MH17 at the time of the occurrence, with the closest aircraft about 30 km (18.6 miles) away. 
Pic 1. mh17-nearby-aircraft

  • The aircraft experienced an inflight breakup, with the wreckage falling to the right of the projected flight path of the airliner.
  • The penetration of the high velocity objects likely led to a loss of structural integrity, which in turn led to the inflight breakup.
  • The cockpit was found about 2 km (1.25 miles) from the last position recorded by the FDR, and the main wreckage area about 8 km (5 miles) from the last recorded position. 
Pic 2. mh17-debris-location

  • Damage in the cockpit area and forward fuselage was consistent with multiple high velocity projectiles penetrating the aircraft, with the source of those projectiles being above and outside of the aircraft.
  • The pattern of damage to the cockpit and forward fuselage was not consistent with the damage expected from any known failure mode of the aircraft, its engines, or systems.

What the Preliminary Report Did Not Discuss
While it has been widely reported, both by the media and by a number of governments, that the aircraft was shot down by a surface to air missile, the Dutch Safety Board did not directly discuss the source of the high velocity projectiles that hit the aircraft. Also not mentioned in this preliminary report were the result of any forensic examinations of the passengers and crew members, or of any of the wreckage found on the site. Another key area not examined was how the government of Ukraine managed flight safety over a region of active military conflict.

Timeline of the Final Report
The Dutch Safety Board did not give a timetable for completing the final report, but given that the preliminary report stated that the wreckage should be examined further, this implies that the final report will be published only after the investigators regain access to the areas where the wreckage fell. At the time of the preliminary report was published, that area was still part of an active conflict zone.

Related Interviews and Articles

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19 July 2014 - Seven AirSafe.com interviews about MH17

20 July 2014 - Passenger deaths due to missile strikes

23 July 2014 - Al Jazeera America interview about the flight MH17 investigation

23 July 2014 - KIQI radio interview about flights MH17 and MH370 (Spanish and English)

24 July 2014 - Plane crashes do happen in threes

24 July 2014 - CJAD interview on MH17 and two subsequent crashes

25 July 2014 - Two BBC interviews on three airliner crashes in one week

26 July 2014 - CTV interview on increasing safety concerns

26 July 2014 - Rudy Maxa show interview on crash frequency since 1996

28 July 2014 - ICAO to discuss flights over conflict areas

29 July 2014 - Three airliner crashes in one week is not that rare

30 July 2014 - CJOB interview about defending airliners from missiles

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Additional Resources:
Flight MH17 Wikipedia page
Malaysia Airlines plane crashes
Fatal Events for airlines from Asia
Other 777 Events
Malaysia Airlines Wikipedia page
Flight MH370 Wikipedia page

Malaysia Government Information:
Ministry of Transport Facebook page
Ministry of Transport main page
Office of the Prime Minister



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