MH17

The Malaysian experience

Lay See Khoo, Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi, Sarah Aziz Abdul Ghani Aziz, Mohamad Azaini Ibrahim, Mohd Shah Mahmood

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Abstract

A disaster is a natural or man-made (or technological) hazard resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. It is a phenomenon that can cause damage to life and property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of the people; and overwhelms the capacity of the community to cope with the event. The recent tragic aviation accidents in 2014 involving Malaysia Airlines flights MH370 and MH17 shocked the world in an unprecedented manner. This paper focuses on the Malaysian experience in the MH17 mission in Ukraine as well as the first ever international Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) operation for the Malaysian DVI team. The DVI operations in Hilversum, the Netherlands were well described in stages. The Netherlands’ Landelijk Team Forensische Opsporing as the lead DVI team in Hilversum operated systematically, ensuring the success of the whole mission. This paper discusses the lessons learned by the Malaysian team on proper DVI structure, inter- and intra-agency cooperation, facilities planning and set up, logistics and health and safety aspects, as well as effective communication and collaboration with other international delegates. Several issues and challenges faced by the Malaysian team were also documented. In addition, the authors shared views, opinions and recommendations for a more comprehensive DVI operation in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalMalaysian Journal of Pathology
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

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Keywords

  • Disaster
  • Disaster Victim Identification (DVI)
  • Malaysia
  • MH17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology

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Khoo, L. S., Hasmi, A. H., Abdul Ghani Aziz, S. A., Ibrahim, M. A., & Mahmood, M. S. (2016). MH17: The Malaysian experience. Malaysian Journal of Pathology, 38(1), 1-10.

MH17 : The Malaysian experience. / Khoo, Lay See; Hasmi, Ahmad Hafizam; Abdul Ghani Aziz, Sarah Aziz; Ibrahim, Mohamad Azaini; Mahmood, Mohd Shah.

In: Malaysian Journal of Pathology, Vol. 38, No. 1, 01.04.2016, p. 1-10.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Khoo, LS, Hasmi, AH, Abdul Ghani Aziz, SA, Ibrahim, MA & Mahmood, MS 2016, 'MH17: The Malaysian experience', Malaysian Journal of Pathology, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 1-10.
Khoo LS, Hasmi AH, Abdul Ghani Aziz SA, Ibrahim MA, Mahmood MS. MH17: The Malaysian experience. Malaysian Journal of Pathology. 2016 Apr 1;38(1):1-10.
Khoo, Lay See ; Hasmi, Ahmad Hafizam ; Abdul Ghani Aziz, Sarah Aziz ; Ibrahim, Mohamad Azaini ; Mahmood, Mohd Shah. / MH17 : The Malaysian experience. In: Malaysian Journal of Pathology. 2016 ; Vol. 38, No. 1. pp. 1-10.
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