Wednesday, 15 July 2015 - 15:38
Separatists likely to blame for MH17, says report
The Dutch Safety Board's report on the disaster with flight MH17 blames pro-Russian separatists for the downing of the plane, CNN reports based on sources who have seen the report. On Friday it will be exactly one year since the Malaysia Airlines flight crashed down on eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. According to CNN, a draft of the investigative report has been sent to several agencies around the world, including the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, for review. The draft report is several hundred pages long. One source close to the investigation told the news agency that the report includes the type of missile used to shoot down MH17 and the trajectory the missile followed. Another source said that the report pinpoints where the missile was fired from, identifies who was in control of the territory at the time and points to pro-Russian rebels as the perpetrators. Both sources told CNN that the report also lays some blame at Malaysia Airlines' feet. The report states that the airline did not read other countries' notice to airman, or NOTAMs - written notifications given to pilots before a flight with information on the state of flying and warnings of potential dangers - and it continued flying over the conflict zone. The Dutch Safety Board's final report on the disaster is expected to be published in October.