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'Complex' Ukraine situation delays MH17 crash report

Published on Aug 7, 2014 2:24 AM
 
A piece of wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is seen at the crash site near the village of Petropavlovka, in the Donetsk region on July 24, 2014. Investigators will miss the deadline to file a preliminary report into the cause of flight MH17's crash, the Dutch team leading the probe said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The "complex" situation in the eastern Ukraine means investigators will miss the deadline to file a preliminary report into the cause of flight MH17's crash, the Dutch team leading the probe said on Wednesday.

International regulations require investigators to file an initial report with the UN's International Civil Aviation Authority within 30 days of an accident.

"We won't make it in 30 days. The preliminary safety report will take a while still," said Sara Vernooij, spokeswoman of the Dutch Safety Board (OVV), which is leading the international investigation.

"The reason for the delay is because it's a very complex situation in Ukraine right now," she told AFP.

 
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