The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) is the leading organization into the investigation of the cause of the crash of MH17. To establish the cause, DSB decided to reconstruct parts of the plane in an aircraft hanger at Gilze Rijen Air Force base, the Netherlands.
However a part of the engine cover was left behind in Ukraine. This part could likely be the same part which was earlier found by journalists and showed damages which could be caused by shrapnel.
DSB announced they will not reconstruct the complete aircraft. Instead they will reconstruct the cockpit and wings. The recovered wreckage was transported by truck to the Netherlands early December.
Pieces of wreckage which are useless for determination of the cause are left behind in Ukraine. These are recovered by volunteers and the SES (local emergency services). That wreckage is stored in a barrack near the village of Grabovo. These wreckare are likely to be stored in Charkov (Kharkiv) according this item on NOS.nl. These pieces are not relevant for the investigation according DSB.
A local went to that barrack in Grabovo and made pictures of the wreckage (before it was transported to Charkov). On one of the photo a part of the nacelle of one of the engines can be seen. This part is called the engine inlet cowl ,cowl lip and nose lip. It is the silver ring on the front of the engine.
The Flickr album showing a cut engine nose lip still left in Grabovo can be seen here. Belows some of the photos from that album.
It is very remarkable this part was not taken to the Netherlands for reconstruction. As DSB stated they wanted to reconstruct the wings and cockpit you would expect that parts of the engines would be interesting for reconstruction as well.
Especially because one of the engine nose lips was found by a Russian journalist in a field southwest of Petropavlika. See a video with Dutch subtitles here and a newspaper item here. The location suggests the engine nose lips were blown off immediately after the impact. The engines itself remained attached to the wings and crash about 12 km further. The fact that the engine nose lip was separated is interesting. I understand these are more heavy than the rest of the engine covers. This is because engine nose lips have to be strong enough to prevent damage from hitting objects likes birds.
The fact that the engine nose lip was separated and damaged must be interesting for the DSB.
Below two photos showing the MH17 engine nose lip in a field.
This are photos of that particular engine nose lip. Clearly visilble in the photo are various small holes and a larger hole. You can also see what looks like blue paint. This could indicate the part hit the fuselage.
Now mind MH17 had two engines so there are two engine nose lips. I am not able to determine if the nose lipe found in the barrack at Grabovo is the same nose lip as found in the field looking severely damaged. But it is at the least not very smart of the DSB to not take this part to the Netherlands for reconstruction.
It could be that the DSB did not find this part. This would be a real shame. The journalist video and article in a Moscow newspaper has been wide spread. Anyone with the slightest interest in MH17 could have known about this part.
This photo shows a Boeing 777 engine nacelle . Mind a Boeing 777 can be equipped with various types of engines. (Rolls Royce and General Electric). So the diameters can be different depending the engine vendor.
The first mistake was the mentioning of the wrong aircraft type in the preliminary report. Page 12 of the report shows aircraft flying in the neighborhood of MH17. The aircraft flying northeast of MH17 is shows as A330 which stands for Airbus A330. In fact this was a Boeing 787 of Air India.
This is a small mistake but indicate the accuracy of the report.
The next mistake was the deletion of a NOTAM in in the Dutch version of the preliminary report. This was done to keep the Dutch version equally to the English version. However the NOTAM mention contained some information on the closure of the airways over East Ukraine. Why was it deleted?
Then one 0f the doors of the aircraft was left behind. Russian journalists used this to blame the DSB for not being interested in finding the truth. The door is the one at the end of the fuselage. It has an all red colour at the lower end unlike the other doors. It does have a hole which looks like to be caused by decompression. However it is not smart to not bring this part to the Netherlands. The Dutch recovery mission did notice this door as can be seen on photos. The door was recovered by volunteers.