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Preliminary report on MH17 released

A preliminary investigation has been released by the Dutch Safety Board.

FILE:A picture taken on 17 July 2014 shows wreckages of theMmalaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed near the town of Shaktarsk in rebel-held east Ukraine. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Investigators into the crash of flight MH17 have found no indications that the plane was brought down because of technical faults or by the actions of the crew.

A preliminary investigation has been released by the Dutch Safety Board who says it still needs another year to complete its investigation.

All 298 people on board the flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur died when it exploded in rebel held territory in Eastern Ukraine in July.

After listening to the cockpit recordings and conversations with traffic control, investigators say there was no distress signal given from the plane which was airworthy and in the hands of experienced crew when it took off.

Investigators say the crash was probably due to structural damage that was caused by large number of high energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside.

The pattern of the wreckage on the ground suggest the aircraft split into pieces during the flight, but the report concludes that more research is necessary to determine precisely what caused the crash, how the plane disintegrated and who is responsible.

At the site, a lot of the debris still remains nearly two months after the crash.

There are children shoes, a teddy bear, and television remote sand a bit of an aircraft wing.

All the bodies have been removed.

The findings support earlier assertions that the plane was hit by a missile.