Dutch Safety Board investigation

On 23 July 2014 the Dutch Safety Board took charge of the international investigation into the cause of the crash of flight MH17. This was carried out at the request of Ukraine and in consultation with ICAO. Under Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation the State where the aircraft accident occurred may delegate the investigation to another relevant State by mutual arrangement and consent. To this end agreements were set out in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries, and in an agreement * between the Ukrainian National Bureau of Incidents and Accidents Investigation of Civil Aircraft (NBAAII) and the Dutch Safety Board. In the Netherlands, the Dutch Safety Board is the designated independent organisation that conducts investigations into aircraft accidents and incidents.

On 23 July 2014 the Dutch Safety Board took charge of the international investigation into the cause of the crash of flight MH17. This was carried out at the request of Ukraine and in consultation with ICAO. Under Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation the State where the aircraft accident occurred may delegate the investigation to another relevant State by mutual arrangement and consent. To this end agreements were set out in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries, and in an agreement* between the Ukrainian National Bureau of Incidents and Accidents Investigation of Civil Aircraft (NBAAII) and the Dutch Safety Board. In the Netherlands, the Dutch Safety Board is the designated independent organisation that conducts investigations into aircraft accidents and incidents.

Since 23 July the Dutch Safety Board has been leading an international team of aircraft accident investigators in which representatives from Malaysia, Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia and the Netherlands are represented. The Dutch Safety Board is acting in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention, and as per Resolution 2166 of the UN Security Council which called for an independent, international investigation into the cause of the crash of flight MH17.
 
The Dutch Safety Board published its preliminary report on 9 September 2014. As a result of the preliminary report, ICAO expressed its full support to the international team of investigators pending the final report.

*In the version of this document for the website telephone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses and the name of the co-ordinator primary investigation/technic (page 3 and 4) are not visible.