Publication of the MH17 reports: overview

On Tuesday 13 October 2015 the Dutch Safety Board will publish its reports on the investigation into the crash of flight MH17. Below, we provide an overview of the course of events.

On Tuesday 13 October 2015 the Dutch Safety Board will publish its reports on the investigation into the crash of flight MH17. Below, we provide an overview of the course of events.

  • At 11.00 a.m. surviving relatives of the victims will first be informed about the results of the investigation
    by Tjibbe Joustra, chairman of the Dutch Safety Board, in The Hague. 
     
  • At exactly 1.15 p.m. the chairman of the Dutch Safety Board will present the investigation to the media
    at Gilze-Rijen air base. After this presentation, the reports will be published (around 1.45 p.m.). 
     
  • At 4.00 p.m. the chairman of the Dutch Safety Board will be elucidating the investigation during a closed meeting with the Dutch House of Representatives in The Hague. 
     
  • After the official publication of the report on Tuesday afternoon, Board members Erwin Muller and
    Marjolein van Asselt will be informing approximately 75 embassies about the investigation in The Hague. 
     
  • The reports focus on four themes: the causes of the crash, the issue of flying over conflict areas, the reasons why Dutch surviving relatives had to wait for two to four days for confirmation from the Dutch authorities that their loved ones had been on the aeroplane, and lastly the question to what extent the occupants of flight MH17 consciously experienced the crash. 
     
  • The investigation was not concerned with question of blame or liability. Answering those question is a matter for the criminal investigation. 
     
  • During the presentation of the investigation at Gilze-Rijen air base the reconstruction will be shown that
    the Dutch Safety Board made of part of the aircraft. Using recovered pieces of wreckage,
    part of the cockpit and business class section were reconstructed. The Dutch Safety Board
    reconstructed the part of the aeroplane that was relevant to the investigation. 
     
  • On Tuesday the Dutch Safety Board will also be presenting a video animation explaining the findings and conclusions of the investigation. 
     
  • English is the language used in international aviation investigation. The reports on flight MH17 will be published in English as well as in Dutch. 
     
  • It is common practice for the Dutch Safety Board to include a rationale for its investigations in its reports. For the publication of the MH17 reports the Board has opted not to do so for each report individually, but instead to provide a single document covering all of the various investigations. This document, entitled About the Investigation, will be published simultaneously with the reports.On Tuesday 13 October 2015
    the Dutch Safety Board will publish its reports on the investigation into the crash of flight MH17.
    Below, we provide an overview of the course of events.