MH17 flight data analysis implicates “large number of high energy objects”

The AAIB has confirmed to me that the FDR (Flight Data Recorder) analysis for flight MH17, downed over eastern Ukraine, was undertaken at the AAIB together with their Dutch counterparts. The results were passed to the Dutch Safety board, which covers air accidents concerning the Netherlands.

What happened to flight MH17 is now a Dutch investigation and subsequently it is their decision to release any relevant information into the public domain.

It is important to note that all EU countries are prohibited from releasing data from flight data recorders including CVR under EU Regulation 996/2010, Article 14.

The Dutch Safety Board have provided an update on this investigation on their website (9 Sept), where the DSB chairman said the crash was likely due to “a large number of high energy objects that penetrated the aircraft.”

Furthermore, “The Safety Board believes that additional evidence will become available for the investigation in the period ahead.” The DSB is hoping to publish a more detailed report on the first anniversary of the crash, according to an Indian report (11 Sept).

The AAIB has not held onto any electronic records or hardware from either of the MH17 flight recorders and everything has been handed over to the Dutch Safety Board.