KIEV, August 6 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine has sent a report on its investigation into the Malaysian Boeing plane crash in eastern Ukraine to the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the state commission established to investigate the disaster said Wednesday.
“The report has already been sent to the Netherlands, and they as leaders of the [international] investigation will decide on when and how it should be made public,” the spokesperson said.
Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman, who heads Ukraine’s state commission investigating the tragedy, said the country’s National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation had tentatively approved its report on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine and that it will be sent to the Netherlands.
“According to our information, the National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation of Ukraine has tentatively approved a report that will be made public soon and sent to the Dutch investigative authority for further work," Hroisman said.
A full multinational team of 101 experts sent by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Netherlands and Australia reached the destination for the first time on August 1, after they managed to map out an alternative route.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed near Donetsk on July 17. All 298 people on board, including 283 passengers and 15 crew members died.
Ukrainian authorities claim the plane was shot down by independence supporters, while the latter deny the allegations saying they do not have the means to hit a target flying at that height.
Last week, Russia’s civil aviation authority, Rosaviatsiya, handed over its materials on the crash to the investigative commission, which is chaired by the Netherlands.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier said that Kiev had failed to provide the recorded conversations between Ukrainian air traffic control and the Malaysia Airlines plane.
Media reports said the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) had confiscated tapes of conversations between Ukrainian air traffic controllers and the crew of the plane.