Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 takes off from Schiphol airport near Amsterdam
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 takes off from Schiphol airport near Amsterdam

Final report into MH17 tragedy to be released in October

DUTCH investigators have revealed the final report into the downing of MH17 will be released in early October.

The Netherlands has been tasked with leading the investigation into the cause of the disaster and identifying the victims of the tragedy.

They are also in charge of the criminal prosecution of those identified as being responsible for the tragedy.

An interim report published in September last year revealed numerous high-energy objects had hit the Malaysia Airlines plane which left multiple holes in its fuselage and led to the jet breaking up mid-air.

The report also found the damage pattern observed in the aircraft's forward fuselage and cockpit section was not consistent with the damage that would be expected from any known failure mode of the aircraft, its engines or systems.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman told APN Newsdesk that Australia supported a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the downing of MH17.

He said Australia was closely involved in two separate international investigations.

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"The Dutch Safety Board is carrying out investigations into the causes of the crash under International Civil Aviation Organization requirements," he said.

"Second, the criminal investigation, led by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, is aimed at securing justice for the victims of MH17 and their families.

"It is facilitated through a Joint Investigation Team arrangement comprising of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine."

The spokesman said DFAT continues to provide consular assistance to the families of the victims and had held a series of briefings in April for victims' families to update them on developments.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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