MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) - Royal Malaysia Police Force members are still unable to enter the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, while the approaching winter could hinder the investigation, New Straits Times reported Thursday.
According to Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, 30 members of the Malaysian police are unable to enter the crash site over safety concerns in the region. Representatives of Australia and the Netherlands are also cautious.
“The objective is to narrow the search of the remains of the victims, it has to be completed before winter, because when winter sets in it will be very difficult,” said Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. “We want transparency, we want justice for MH17. Concentrate on finding out the truth, that would mean that I have done justice to the families.”
The Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in eastern Ukraine in July 17. All 298 people on board, including 283 passengers and 15 crew members, died in the crash.
The cause of the crash remains unknown. The Ukrainian government placed the blame on the independence supporters in the region but they denied the allegation, pointing out that they did not possess the means to shoot down aircraft flying at such high altitudes.
Russia has expressed concern about the slow pace of the investigation and insisted on the transparent work of the international teams.
On Tuesday, the Dutch Safety Board released a preliminary report on the Malaysian aircraft downing assuming that the plane had broken up in mid-air as a result of being hit by a large number of high-energy objects that had penetrated the plane from the outside.
The final report should be produced by the board within a year.