The Dutch Safety Board today released a preliminary report on the cause of the Flight MH17 crash, which killed 298 when it was shot down over the Ukraine on July 17th.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. It Was Hit By a ‘Large Number of High Energy Objects
According to the Dutch aviation investigators’s report, “Flight MH17 with a Boeing 777-200 operated by Malaysia Airlines broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside.” Supporting earlier theories that MH17 was shot down over Ukrainian airspace, rather than mechanical issues with the flight.
2. The Plane Broke Into Two Pieces
Mh17 during it’s crash, broke into two pieces rather than one. Further supporting the evidence that MH17 was shot down, rather than something wrong with the plane’s mechanics.
3. There Are no Signs of Technical Failure of the Aircraft
The Dutch investigators has said they have found no evidence there were any technical or mechanical difficulties, before MH17 crashed.
4. The Cockpit Voice Recorder Reveals no Abnormalities Before the Plane Was Struck
No indication of any technical or operational issues on #MH17
— Matthew Chance (@mchancecnn) September 9, 2014
After listening to MH17’s flight recording, there is no sign within the flight there was any issues before it crashed. “A full listening of the communications among the crew members in the cockpit recorded on the cockpit voice recorder revealed no signs of any technical faults or an emergency situation. Neither were any warning tones heard in the cockpit that might have pointed to technical problems.”
5. No One is Able to Visit the Site of MH17
The Dutch investigators have not been able to visit the crash sites, because of the instability in the Ukraine.