Dutch Safety Board to Present First Findings MH17 Crash Sept. 9

The Dutch Safety Board will release the first findings into the cause of the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine on Sept. 9, almost two months after the plane of Malaysia Airline System Bhd. was downed.

“The coming months a lot of research is needed before the final report can be established,” The Hague-based safety board said in an e-mailed statement today. “The board expects the final report in principle to be published within a year of the crash.”

The plane, which carried 283 passengers and 15 crew members, traveled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 after it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The U.S. has said it was probably shot down with a missile fired by pro-Russian rebels, while Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and the rebels blame Ukraine. The Dutch-led probe is investigating the technical cause of the crash.

The downing of MH17 has hardened attitudes against Russia. The leaders of Ukraine and Russia agreed yesterday to work on a “cease-fire regime” and take other steps to end the conflict in Ukraine. Further sanctions could be put on hold if a truce takes effect, a German government official said. The government in Kiev blames its neighbor for stoking the insurgency with manpower and weapons, an allegation Russia denies.

Dutch travelers made up the biggest national group that were on board of MH17 at more than 190. Other nationalities included people from Australia, Indonesia, the U.K., Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand.

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