The initial investigation into the loss over eastern Ukraine of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 with 298 passengers and crew onboard was supported by the Department’s Air Accident Investigation Branch, and they continue to play a part in the ongoing accident investigation. The Dutch authorities are now conducting a criminal investigation into the exact causes of the incident. The UK remains ready to support the Dutch authorities in their work.
Our officials have also been closely involved in work by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to allow sharing of information about the risks of overflying conflict zones. This work will be concluded in the coming months.