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Rosaviatsiya sends 24 questions to commission investigating Malaysian Boeing crash

September 25, 2014, 11:58 UTC+3

The questions include top priority measures and proposals for analyzing the air and radar situation and other types of data

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At the crash site of MH17

At the crash site of MH17

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MOSCOW, September 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s federal air transport agency Rosaviatsiya has addressed the international panel of inquiry probing into last summer’s Malaysian Boeing disaster over Ukraine to request intelligence data gathered by reconnaissance planes and satellites of the United States, NATO and Russia in order to analyze the radar situation in the region at the moment of the plane’s crash.

“Obtaining and analyzing data from other countries involved in the investigation in order to clear up the radar situation in the region (for instance, data from US satellites and NATO’s airborne warning and control system AWACS planes and Russia’s means of surveillance) is one of the proposals contained in a message from Russia’s commissioner participating in the inquiry into the circumstances and causes of the Malaysian Airlines’ Boeing-777 crash, Oleg Storchevoy sent to the to the international panel of inquiry.

On the list there are 24 unanswered questions that have to be cleared up in the course of the further investigation.

The air transport agency proposes ten steps that in its opinion should be taken in the first place.

Among them Rosaviatsiya mentions analysis of the plane’s layout in a hangar and examination of the damaged parts and identification of likely sources of the damage.

“That’s the universally accepted and mandatory phase of the investigation,” Rosaviatsiya said.

Also, the site of the crash and the plane’s parts and seats must be scrutinized for the presence of shrapnel fragments; the remains of passengers and crew must undergo forensic examination with particular emphasis on the possible presence of shrapnel wounds and alien items and substances.

Rosaviatsiya insists on studying data picked up by ground radars, including military ones showing the plane’s path starting from the moment it entered Ukraine’s airspace; on examining the crew’s verbal exchanges caught on the intercom; on scrutinizing radio and telephone conversations between the Dnepropetrovsk air traffic control center and the Ukrainian military or air defence forces and the crews of flights SIA-351 (Singapore) and AIC-113 (India).

It is necessary to obtain and analyze information about flights by military planes over the area of the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine and the site of the plane’s crash; to check reports from the Ukrainian side about pre-planned or actual or simulated launches of missiles (for training and combat purposes), including the sites where the corresponding forces and weapons are deployed.

Rosaviatsiya asks the international commission to get and study information about the actual availability and expenditure of anti-aircraft guided missiles and all air defence missile complexes of the Ukrainian armed forces.

The Russian aviation authorities suggest examining the recordings of conversations between Ukrainian air traffic controllers and the crews of other planes, conversations between the pilots of military planes and their ground services and between themselves in the area of the armed conflict and the place of the plane’s crash; the daily schedule of Ukrainian military aircraft’s flights of July 17, 2014, information about all instructions issued to Ukrainian air traffic control organizations by the Ukrainian aviation administration in connection with restrictions on using the air space over Donetsk and Lugansk (NOTAM); and also the established procedures of interaction between aircraft crews and Ukrainian air defences.

The Russian air transport agency believes it is essential to study testimonies by the crews of aircraft that crossed the area of the crash on that day concerning possible disruptions in the operation of onboard and ground navigation equipment.

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