Russian experts aim to visit the Malaysian airliner crash site in east Ukraine on Thursday to examine the debris together with international investigators, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing Russia’s civil aviation authority.
“Russian experts intend to meet the head of the investigative commission … and handover all the materials that the chairman of the commission had previously asked for,” Interfax quoted a statement from the Federal Air Transport Agency.
“Today, the Russian representatives will also try to reach the crash area of the Boeing-777 and together with specialists from the international investigative commission examine the state of parts of the aircraft at the site,” it added.
Dutch, Australian experts attempt to reach crash site
Meanwhile, experts from the Netherlands and Australia tried on Thursday to reach the crash site in eastern Ukraine of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after several failed attempts this week.
Members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were also part of a team that was trying to navigate a safe route to the area where the plane went down on July 17, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
“The goal is to reach the spot where MH17 crashed and evaluate safety on the route from Donetsk,” the Dutch team said in a statement.
Although most of the bodies have been recovered from the site, there are still human remains and personal belongings to be secured.
The area has been inaccessible all week due to fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, who have accused rebels of placing land mines to prevent a proper investigation.