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MH17 airframe to be reconstructed by inquiry team

Dutch investigators are to reconstruct a portion of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER which crashed in eastern Ukraine in July.

The Dutch Safety Board says that it has arranged the recovery and transport of sections of wreckage from flight MH17.

It states that agreements have been reached over a plan that “should make it possible” to recover the wreckage and transfer it to the inquiry.

“Its technical implementation is currently being prepared,” says the Dutch Safety Board, adding that it believes the effort could begin “within a few days”.

But it warns that the “precarious” security situation in the region – which has hampered access to the crash site – could delay the work.

Over the last few days a small group of personnel has been able to reach the site to retrieve personal items.

But continuing conflict in the area makes a return of a full inquiry team unrealistic, the Dutch government has stated, unless the safety situation changes substantially.

MH17 was lost on 17 July as it passed over eastern Ukraine, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Investigators have been trying to determine whether the aircraft was brought down by hostile action, possibly with a surface-to-air missile.

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