Dutch investigators still having trouble reaching crash scene
British and American media are reporting that Ukrainian government officials have seen data from the say the downed Malaysia Airlines’ black box recorders. According to these officials, the airliner suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by multiple pieces of shrapnel from a missile.
They say the information came from the plane’s flight data recorders, which are being analysed by British experts.
However, it remains unclear who fired a missile, with pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine blaming each other.
Many of the 298 people killed on board flight MH17 were from the Netherlands.
Dutch investigators leading the inquiry into the crash have refused to comment on the Ukrainian claims.
Meanwhile those same Dutch investigators in charge of finding out what happened have yet to visit the crash site, view the wreckage or see the human remains from the aftermath of the downing of the plane.
The latest setback came Monday, when a 45-person team of Dutch and Australian experts, accompanied by monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, abandoned their effort to reach the site after hearing explosions and being warned of heavy fighting in the area.
“We’re really sick and tired of being delayed,” Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told CNN’s “New Day.”
“We all know there are still human remains out there exposed to the elements, number one,” he said. “Secondly, it is one of the biggest open crime scenes in the world as we speak, and it is not secured. There’s no security perimeter around the 30- or 35-square-kilometer site.”
According to unconfirmed reports from pro-Russian rebels, Ukraine’s military broke through to part of the crash site Monday and had stationed armored personnel carriers and dug trenches there.
Both Russia and the pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine continue to deny responsibility for shooting down the aircraft despite a building body of evidence put together by United States military and diplomatic officials in the past several days.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday called the downing of the passenger jet a “war crime.”DONATE
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