Earlier today, the Dutch Safety Board has released the preliminary reports on the crash incident of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 on 17 July 2014 that killed all 298 passengers and crews on board. According to the report, investigators believed that the flight’s Boeing 777 was penetrated by a significant amount of “high-energy objects” from outside of the aircraft.
This contribute to the demise of the aircraft’s structural integrity which subsequently lead to an in-flight break up; indicated by the many pieces of the plane’s wreckage that are distributed over a large area. At the same time, the preliminary reports also stated that there were no indications that the crash was caused by technical or operational issues within the airplane or crew members themselves.
While this preliminary reports seems to indicated that the flight MH17 was hit by a missile as per what US and Ukrainian government have claimed during the early days of the disaster, the investigation is still far from over as more information are needed to determine the cause with greater precision according to the Chairman of the Dutch Safety Board, Tjibbe Joustra.
Meanwhile, the organization aimed to complete the final report within one year of the incident. You can download the full preliminary report of the MH17 crash right here at Dutch Safety Board’s official website.