Jul 21, 2014

MH17: decency and respect needed for victims — but it may be too late

There are procedures in place to honour those who have died in and ensure a fair and proper investigation. But so far, the Russian-backed separatists have not shown much willingness to abide by them.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Families of victims of the MH17 disaster in eastern Ukraine may have a difficult time bringing home their loved ones for a proper burial as International Civil Aviation Organization protocols are repeatedly violated by the Russian-backed separatists blamed for shooting down the plane.

The separatists have denied unrestricted independent access by the related parties — Ukraine, as the state in which the crash occurred, Malaysia as the state whose flag carrier was involved, Boeing and other systems makers that contributed to the destroyed 777, and primary safety regulators, starting with but not limited to the United States Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, which certified the Boeing design.

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One thought on “MH17: decency and respect needed for victims — but it may be too late

  1. Peter Watson

    [Will the truth come out in the case of MH17? Much of it is out already. It’s a case of taking responsibility for Russia, the Ukraine, ICAO and Malaysia Airlines.]

    The only solid fact so far is that an aircraft has crashed, most likely downed by a missile.

    The black box flight recorders now in the hands of Malaysian officials, will be the start of more facts.

    As Ukraine flight control has not been forthcoming with records, to show why the aircraft diverted course to fly directly over the war zone, the cockpit voice recordings will at least determine the reason for the diversion.

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