The Dutch report on MH17 is being published on Tuesday. Not everyone will be happy with the findings. An interim report issued in September caused an uproar. The final report will also be just as controversial, if not more so. Julian Bray Aviation Expert will be commenting live (ISDN, Studio and Skype)on the findings over several national and World Radio and TV channels. Schedules still being established.
The key questions are:
- Why was flight MH17 overflying a warzone?
- Was it flying too low, knowing the local situation?
- Was the Pilot professionally pressured by the airline to keep to that scheduled route and not deviate?
- Is there any evidence of metal shards projecting inwards or outwards from the reconstructed fuselage?
- Is there any evidence of multiple 'missile' induced fragmentation? And in which direction?
- Was an explosion source detected from the inside?
- What did the 'black box' flight data recorder reveal?
- Has any organisation claimed responsibility?
- How do we prevent this happening again?
- Should realtime ie live video and audio monitoring be introduced?
- Should 'optional' subscriptions to live satellite tracking services (responders already installed as standard) be made mandatory?
International investigators are expected to confirm in a final report that a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile brought down a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane in eastern Ukraine.
Dutch prosecutors in a preliminary finding confirmed in August that investigators had examined seven "considerable fragments of some size ... probably from a BUK (surface-to-air) missile system" recovered from the crash site.
A total of 298 people were killed when Flight MH17 was literally blown out of the sky on July 17th last year on a routine scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The Boeing 777 was lawfully flying above heavy fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.
On Tuesday the Dutch Safety Board, will release its final report into the cause of the crash. Many relatives of the victims will be in the audience as the findings are delivered. They will also be given a preview of the partial reconstruction of the wrecked aircraft unveiling parts of the plane's cockpit and business class section reconstructed from the wreckage.
The report will also address the issue of airlines flying over conflict areas and to what extent people on the plane were aware of what was happening when it was hit.
The safety board, which is the Dutch transport watchdog, has made clear it is not concerned with blame or liability as those are matters for the criminal investigation to answer.
The Joint Investigation Team has been probing the crash for 15 months and has representatives from the Netherlands, Ukraine, Australia, Malaysia and Belgium - the countries most affected by the crash.
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