International team inspects fuselage of crashed MH17

International team inspects fuselage of crashed MH17
Parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80 kms east of Donetsk.

PETALING JAYA: An international team, including three Malaysians, has inspected the fuselage of the crashed MH17 at a Dutch Air Force Base.

Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Azha­ruddin Abdul Rahman said the Malaysian investigators were from DCA, the Transport Ministry and Malaysia Airlines.

"They are part of the safety and technical investigation (not criminal investigation) team and they arrived in Amsterdam last week," Azharuddin told The Star.

He said the trio had participated in meetings with their international counterparts besides examining the wreckage of the airliner.

"We are waiting for their initial report," he added.

The Malaysia Airlines plane, en-route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam with 298 passengers, was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year.

Recovered wreckage had been brought to the Gilze-Rijen airbase in the south of the Netherlands.

The Dutch Safety Board on Friday said the team of international aviation investigators, who are probing the cause of the crash, concluded the investigation meeting at Gilze-Rijen.

"In the past week they conducted several investigations on the wreckage, including the failure mechanisms and the impact pattern," the board said. The meeting is part of the procedures prescribed by the Inter­national Civil Aviation Organi­sation.

The board said preparations would be made for the next-of-kin of the victims to see the recovered wreckage in early March.

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