SEPANG – Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has instructed the Department of Civil Aviation to expedite the analysis of gathered data to bring to justice those who shot down the Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17.
He said the preliminary report of the Dutch Safety Board confirmed that Flight MH17 disintegrated in the air after suffering structural damage as a result of having been pierced from the outside by large number of ‘high-energy objects’.
The facts contained in the report, including the cockpit voice and data recording, are vital documents that had to be analysed to make a finding, he told reporters after attending the ceremony to honour the remains of three Malaysians victims of the tragedy brought home today, at the Bunga Raya Complex of the KL International Airport here.
“There are two parts of the investigation – technical and criminal investigation. I will be looking at all these. As the minister in charge, I have to make sure the investigation is thorough.
“It is necessary to analyse the gathered data pertaining to the technical and criminal aspects to get to the truth … who shot down our flight and bring them to justice,” he said.
Liow said that besides analysing the post mortem and pathology reports, a forensic study had to be conducted on the aircraft wreckage.
“We have to study how the plane broke up and certain parts melted … what caused this. I think a lot of data needs to be analysed. If there is a possibility, we hope to bring back the debris,” he said.
Liow said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail would go to Ukraine for discussions with the relevant authorities there.
“The investigation is ongoing. They have been in and out (of Ukraine). More discussions (are to take place) on the whole case,” he said.
Liow said the Malaysian team of investigators was awaiting the approval of international bodies to enter eastern Ukraine and look for more aircraft wreckage and the remains of the passengers and crew.
Liow also said that the date for bringing home the remains of five more Malaysian victims had yet to be determined as the approval from the Dutch government was pending.
So far, the remains of 36 Malaysian victims had been brought home in stages since Aug 22.
Flight MH17 went down as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The Boeing 777-200 aircraft was shot down over troubled Ukraine.
Besides 43 Malaysians, nationals from the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand were among the 298 people on board.
Dutch nationals comprised the largest number of passengers on board. – BERNAMA