An episode of the series Air Crash Investigation about MH17 was aired by National Geographic in the UK at February 15, 2018.
The episode titled “Deadly airspace” is online and can be watched here. (update: the video has been removed. )
The Canadian producers of Cinexflix , which made many episodes on aviation disasters, show how the Dutch Safety Board investigated the cause of the disaster. Basically the conclusions documented in the final reported of the Dutch Safety Board are being shown in the program. A couple of employees of DSB are interviewed.
The executive producer of Air Crash Investigation, Alex Bystram, explains in this interview that it takes about 30 weeks t0 produce a single episode. A rough breakdown – 4 weeks research, 7 weeks writing, 2 weeks shooting interviews, 3 weeks to prep/shoot drama and 10-12 weeks editing/post production.
“The studio crew then has about 3 weeks to build the props and the set needed for each episode. Creating the CGI alone takes a team of illustrators and animators more than a month. We have also adjusted the story-telling, so it is more focused on the investigation than on the flight itself.”
Besides some errors like mentioning an incorrect number of Dutch victims, and the reroute to waypoint RND which is not mentioned as a reroute by the program, it is a fine episode. It shows the viewer with little knowledge on what happened to MH17 how the investigation was done.
The program does not provide any new information for those who know all the details about MH17
Like the conclusions by the DSB, Air Crash Investigation does not mention who was responsible for the downing. There are no images of the BUK TELAR being transported in Eastern Ukraine at July 17, 2014.