KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian disaster response team including two air accident investigators was due in Kiev on Saturday after the country’s leader appealed for access to the MH17 crash site with Malaysian anger over the disaster mounting.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone late Friday to stress the need for an objective, unfettered probe into the crash that killed 298 people, amid concerns the site was vulnerable to tampering.
“I also told Putin that the site should not be tampered (with) before the team begins its investigation,” he was quoted saying by Malaysian national news agency Bernama.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 came down in a separatist-held region, with the United States saying it was shot down in a missile attack, a possible casualty of Ukraine’s battle with pro-Russia rebels.
The 62-member Malaysian team was expected to arrive in Kiev early Saturday, a Malaysia Airlines source told AFP.
Malaysia’s Transport Ministry said it would include two accredited air crash investigators invited by Ukraine to help probe responsibility for the disaster.
Source : APP