Statement On MH17 Preliminary Report

By Tuesday September 9th, 2014 Press Statement

I welcome the preliminary report into the MH17 tragedy, which was a collaborative effort.

The report confirms that MH17 was flying in unrestricted airspace under the control of local air traffic controllers, and following a route and altitude cleared by air traffic control. The aircraft was fully airworthy with no reported faults, and the crew acted properly.

The preliminary report suggests that high energy objects penetrated the aircraft and led it to break up midair. This leads to the strong suspicion that a surface to air missile brought MH17 down, but further investigative work is needed before we can be certain.

I urge all parties to work closely together to facilitate this investigation and the production of the final report.

In the meantime, it is of the utmost importance that the investigation teams gain full and unfettered access to the crash site, in order to recover all human remains, complete their investigation and establish the truth. That is why a Malaysian team was sent to Ukraine yesterday.

We owe it to the families, who are in our thoughts today.

The preliminary report on MH17 in full is available on Dutch Safety Board website Click to view.