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SINGAPORE, September 07, /ITAR-TASS/. A group of 30 Malaysian experts and policemen are leaving for Ukraine on Monday, September 8, to investigate the causes of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crash, Malaysia’s Police Chief Ali Abu Bakar said.
A second group of 50 people will fly to Kiev later. He did not say when exactly they would have a chance to reach the crash site.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 which was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on July 17. All the 298 people onboard died.
Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein is also heading for Ukraine. His main task will be to seek safe access to the crash site for Malaysian experts.
“We hope that the Ukrainian government and the militias (in Donetsk) will allow us to do that,” Hussein said earlier. The Malaysian defense minister is also expected to visit Russia and the Netherlands to discuss the crash investigation with Russian and Dutch officials.
International experts from Australia, Malaysia and the Netherlands worked at the crash site for less than a week in August. They finished their mission on August 6 for safety reasons.
Ali Abu Bakar said that the experts had managed to inspect less than half of the crash area. They left without taking any fragments away from the crash site.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia had convincing intelligence data about the crash causes but it is necessary to collective evidence at the crash site.
It is necessary for us to get to the crash area before the arrival of winter. It will take several weeks to gather the evidence and search for the victims’ remains, Razak said.
According to preliminary reports, international forensic experts who are trying to identify the crash victims at a military base in the Netherlands have revealed 283 unique DNA samples received from the Boeing 777 crash site. The bodies of 173 passengers have been identified.