The Netherlands responded to the letter of Russia with “new material facts” about MH17


The security Council of the Netherlands replied to the letter from the Federal air transport Agency issued by office on 14 February, which presented “significant new facts” about the investigation of the crash
Boeing 777 crash over Donbas. The Russian Ministry stressed that “new facts” point “to the invalidity and unreliability of information contained in the final report” on the causes of the disaster.

In response, the head of the security Council of the Netherlands, Tjibbe Austri published on the website of the security Council of the Netherlands, States that “the data presented cannot be considered as new and material evidence”. “The safety Board of the Netherlands under paragraph 5.13 of Annex 13 of ICAO (International civil aviation organization) has concluded that available data cannot be considered as new and material evidence”, — is spoken in the answer of Austri.

In a letter to the Federal air transport Agency signed by the Deputy head of Department Oleg Storchevoy in the name of Austri, in particular, it was noted that found at the scene of the crash, a fragment of the body of the third compartment of the rocket 9М38 (9М38М1) may not belong to the rocket, shot down the plane. The Agency stressed that this conclusion is made from a natural experiment, within which was blown up by the rocket 9М38 (9М38М1).

“The experiment was conducted in a stationary position on the ground, which is completely different from the explosion of the warhead at an altitude of about ten kilometers. The air density at the altitude of ten kilometers and a speed of missiles and aircraft have a significant impact on the distribution of fragments at the moment of explosion, collision and the final shape and mass of fragments”, – is spoken in the answer of Austri about Russia’s data.

Found no “new and substantial evidence” of the Dutch side and in other data presented by the Russian side. In particular, the Federal air transport Agency noted that the report incorrectly estimated the possible area of missile launch. According to authorities, this is evidenced by the location, size and border of the damage, the number and density of holes on the fragments and the fracture pattern of the power set of the hull of the Boeing 777. In the report of the international Commission of the exact location of the missile launch was not called, but as a possible launch site indicated an area of 320 sq km.

The report of the security Council of the Netherlands was submitted on 13 October last year. It says that the plane was shot down by a missile “earth — air” with a warhead 9N314M anti-aircraft missile complex “Buk”. About what the plane was shot down, the report does not say.