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International Collaboration Welcomed In Search For Answers In MH17 Tragedy

Global Expertise Holds Key To Comprehensive Investigation, Aviation Lawyers Warn


Lawyers representing victims and the families of those killed in aviation incidents across the globe have described the international collaboration on investigations into the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy as a positive sign that the Ukraine will comply with both the UN Security Council’s resolution on the issue and the provisions of the Chicago Convention.

Following confirmation that Dutch authorities are leading the investigations, with British experts involved in reviewing the “black-box” flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder from the aircraft, Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team has said such activity is a positive step forward.

As well as having extensive experience in representing the families of those killed in international aviation disasters, the leading legal  team also has specialist expertise in representing the victims of civilian air accidents that occur in war and conflict zones or as a result of terrorism. 

In addition to acting for relatives of those killed in the Twin Towers during the 9/11 attacks, Irwin Mitchell also acted for families who lost loved ones in the Lockerbie disaster. The team currently acts for dozens of Afghan, UK and US families of passengers killed when a civilian flight operated by Pamir Airways came down in Afghanistan in 2010

Expert Opinion
The investigation into the MH17 disaster remains at an early stage. There are many questions still to be answered before the families involved understand exactly what caused the tragic loss of their loved ones. It is good to see that a proper investigation now seems to be underway band we hope that an early interim report will be published which will shed some light on what happened and establish the key facts once and for all.

"The families of those passengers and crew who perished, as well as many in the wider international community, will want all those individuals who played a part in causing this tragedy brought to account and for justice to be done."
Clive Garner, Partner

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