I was wondering if the steps are the same as an accident on home ground where there is a go team and how they set up the area around the crash site, with a team contacting passegner relatives.
Situations like this have happend, most recently was MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine, many airlines up until then were flying over Ukraine with a minimum altitude applied to flights transiting (FL320). And many flights also flew over that week:
- Aeroflot - 86 flights
- Singapore Airlines - 75 flights
- Ukraine International Airlines - 62 flights
- Lufthansa - 56 flights
- Malaysia Airlines - 48 flights
I am using how MH17 was handeled to answer this question. However, it should be noted that no two situations are the same and the way they handled this situation may never be used again.
The area of the accident still had hostilities and was not held by the Ukraine government, who would traditionally secure the scene and invesitigate. This was held by Donetsk People's Republic, considered by the Ukrainians and moajority of the world as rebels.
Access to the area had to be negotiated and even though the got assurances of access and safety this was given and revoked at various times based on the war. Other problems that occured was the issue of the site being looted. Beacuse it couldn't be secured by investigators there where personal belongings and potential evidence removed.
In the end the black boxes where handed in and examined to have been not tampered with. In the end it was an international team of investigators that examined the site as the Ukraine's investigators where not trusted by the Donetsk People's Republic.
The biggest part of this investigation was negotitiation with multiple parties. Some of who may have caused the crash. That becomes the dificult nature of investigations in a war zone.
What happens at home to the victims families doesn't change.