|Front section of #MH17 reconstructed from debris collected at crash site.|
Julian Bray, Aviation Expert writes: Relatives of those who perished on Flight MH17 were the first to see the partial reconstruction of the crashed Boeing 777, earlier today, now known to have been targeted by a BUK missile which exploded one metre distant, outside and to the left of the cockpit, but the Dutch Investigators final report purposely does not apportion blame, that will be for a criminal investigation later on. The report along with our earlier posts on #MH17 will lay the foundations for a worldwide re-evaluation of how we view overflying of active war and conflict zones.
The full presentation with the lifesize reconstruction from recovered debris as a backdrop was chillingly thorough and featured video animations of the final moments of MH17.
The findings were straightforward and conclusive. All passengers and crew died almost immediately, they would in any case, have been unconscious, if still alive, for a further minute or so...
The explosion was to the left, and one metre distant, to the front of the cockpit, and the radial effect of the external explosion blast caused the front section of the flight deck to shear off and drop to the ground.
The missile shards and preformed metallic pieces, some coated with glass fragments, ripped through the fuselage.
Russian sources are conducting their own experiments and were earlier still claiming the Dutch findings are lacking. However this was addressed by the investigators and a full appendix (Appendix L) to the report it is claimed addresses their concerns in detail. The Russian investigation would however be of value to any ongoing criminal or civil litigation that certainly will arise in the years ahead.
Russian research claims the rocket identified is of the wrong type as is the location of the launch area....
The research council conclude that a rocket exploded outside left of the flight deck, a ground to air missile. The aircraft broke up, parts scattered over a wide area. Rocket fired from a part of Ukraine and identified in the media presentation. An armed conflict was happening on the ground.
Some 160 flights operated in the space during this time above the armed conflict. The airspace then should have been closed but the authorities did not do so. 61 operators from 32 countries and 160 flights logged. Malaysian Airlines being just one of them. No one recognised the risk, say the investigators.
The Dutch investigators say airspace should have been closed, but Ukraine failed to do so. Why was this aircraft flying over the armed conflict area? Ukraine invited the Dutch to take over the investigation. Many countries contributed to the report.
NO meteor, Not an internal explosion and the aircraft was technically sound. Paint samples recovered from the bodies of the pilots, match those from BUK missile fragments at the debris field..
The full report:
Our earlier file of blogposts on #mh17 :
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