The preliminary report conducted by the Dutch Safety Board says that the pattern of wreckage on the ground suggests that the aircraft split into pieces during flight.
In particular, the Dutch Safety Board indicated in the report that the flight proceeded normally until 13:20 UTC, after which it ended abruptly. The voice recordings of the pilots point that there were no technical issues on board before the plane crashed.
“There are no indications that the MH17 crash was caused by a technical fault or by actions of the crew,” the report says.
An additional investigation will be needed in order to establish the precise causes of MH17 crash, and the full report is expected to be issued within a year, the Dutch Safety Board has added.