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Ukraine responsible for investigation into Malaysian jet crash - IAC

July 18, 2014, 1:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, July 18, /ITAR-TASS/. Responsibility for investigating the deadly incident with the Boeing-777 of the Malaysian Airlines that crashed on Thursday in Ukraine eastern Donetsk region rests with the Ukrainian side, Sergei Zaiko, a deputy head of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), said late on Thursday.

The Boeing-777 of the Malaysian Airlines that was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, disappeared from the radars and crashed on Thursday evening near the settlement of Grabovo in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. All those who were onboard the plane - 280 passengers and 15 crew members - died. According to preliminary data, passengers included citizens of the Netherlands, the United States, Great Britain, France, and Malaysia. According to Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov, there were no Russians among the passengers.”

In line with international rule, “responsibility for the investigation of the accident rests with a state, in the territory of which the accident took place, Zaiko said in an interview with Russia’s television Channel One. When asked whether the Interstate Aviation Committee would take part in the investigation, he said a resolution was needed “on forming an investigation commission.”

“So far there is no such resolution,” he noted.

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