KUALA LUMPUR: THE Dutch Safety Board (DSB) will release the preliminary report on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy on Tuesday.
The board, which is serving as the lead investigating body of the MH17 case, announced yesterday that the report would consist of facts based on the board’s available sources, which it said were partly dependent on the progress of the investigation.
According to the board, an investigation was pivotal in allowing the surviving relatives, other parties involved as well as the world to understand what happened, based on a factual account. This, it added, was other than the need to contribute to the safety of future civilian aviation.
“Matters subject to extensive and in-depth investigation would be the cause of the crash, the decision-making process surrounding the flight route and the availability of the passenger list.
“The responsibility for investigating the cause of the crash fell on the Dutch Safety Board as requested by Ukraine, the relevance being that the flight departed from the Netherlands and due to the large number of Dutch nationals who died in the crash,” the board said in a statement.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) agreement stated that the country where the accident took place should lead the investigation, but the option to transfer the obligation was available.
Countries where the operator was based, where the aircraft was designed and where it was built were also entitled to take part.
The DSB also said collectively, Malaysia, Ukraine, Australia, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Italy and Indonesia had contributed, to a greater or lesser extent, to the international probe into the crash of MH17.
It also stated that the countries that have a formal role as participants in the investigation under the ICAO agreement would be given access to the draft reports and may provide feedback.
“Even so, the country leading the investigation may offer other countries access to the draft reports at its discretion.
“In terms of the investigation being conducted without access to the crash site, it is not impossible to conduct an effective investigation based on other sources and to produce a definitive final report,” the board said.
DSB said its investigators would re-enter the crash site in eastern Ukraine once the site is deemed secure and stable to verify the results of the investigation from other sources. It said, this would also allow its investigators to conduct a specific search for wreckage and other vital pieces.
The investigation team in its probe collected information from various sources, such as the Cockpit Voice Recorder, the Flight Data Recorder, satellite and other images, and radar information.
As for the content of the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder, DSB said it would not release it to the public in its entirety, except for what is published in the final report, in accordance with the board and the ICAO agreement.
“While the preliminary report will only provide initial, provisional facts a relatively short time after the occurence, the board expects to publish the final, definitive report within a year after the crash.”