Monday, October 27, 2014


MH17 might have been shot down from air - chief Dutch investigator

MH17 wreckage
© Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin
George and Angela Dyczynski sit on a piece of wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, during their visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), in Donetsk region July 26, 2014.
The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from air, Der Spiegel reported. Intelligence to support this was presented by Moscow in July.

The chief investigator with the Dutch National Prosecutors' Office Fred Westerbeke said in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel published on Monday that his team is open to the theory that another plane shot down the Malaysian airliner.

Following the downing of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight in July that killed almost 300 people, Russia's Defense Ministry released military monitoring data, which showed a Kiev military jet tracking the MH17 plane shortly before the crash. No explanation was given by Kiev as to why the military plane was flying so close to a passenger aircraft. Neither Ukraine, nor Western states have officially accepted such a possibility.

Westerbeke said that the Dutch investigators are preparing an official request for Moscow's assistance since Russia is not part of the international investigation team. Westerbeke added that the investigators will specifically ask for the radar data suggesting that a Kiev military jet was flying near the passenger plane right before the catastrophe.

"Going by the intelligence available, it is my opinion that a shooting down by a surface to air missile remains the most likely scenario. But we are not closing our eyes to the possibility that things might have happened differently," he elaborated.

1 comment:

  1. So the Dutch is finally admitting what was obvious to a lot of observers from the beginning. Two items of early evidence clearly pointed to a Ukraine shootdown. First, the evidence of the Twitter feeds of @spainbuca, who had to have been in the Kiev control tower to have known AS IT HAPPENED that a passenger plane was being shot down. And Second, the OSCE observer who was first at the crash site, reporting entrance and exit holes in cockpit consistent with heavy machine gun fire from an aircraft.