Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No-One Would Have Known about It at All

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No-One Would Have Known about It at All

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter

DOOMED Flight MH17 broke up in mid-air after being hit by "numerous objects", according to crash investigators.

A report released by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) said there was "no evidence of technical or human error" leading to the the crash which claimed the lives of all 292 aboard, inclduing devoted Toon fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder.

The pair were travelling to New Zealand to watch Newcastle United play in pre-season games when the plane crashed in rebelheld territory in eastern Ukraine in July.

Liam's dad Barry, 52, of Killingworth, said he was relieved to discover that no distress was caused to the passengers on board.

The full-time carer said: "The biggest positive is that no distress was caused and basically everyone on board wouldn't have known anything about it but the negatives are the fact that Liam is no longer with us.

"I think everything was above board and the aircraft and cabin crew were fine and there was no issues with the flight.

"Malaysia Airlines were just unlucky and unfortunate.

"The whole country have come through this with dignity and it would have been very easy for them to fall apart."

Dutch aviation investigators relied on information from the black box flight data recorders, air traffic control, satellite images and photos from the scene to compile the preliminary report.

DSB chairman Tjibbe Joustra said: "The MH17 crash has shocked the world and raised many questions.

"The DSB wishes to determine the cause of the crash, for the sake of the loved ones of the victims and for society at large.

"The initial results of the investigation point towards an external cause of the MH17 crash.

"More research will be necessary to determine the cause with greater precision.

"The board believes that additional evidence will become available for investigation in the period ahead. …

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