I will just say it is surprising that flight 17 was flying over a war zone.
That the location of bodies, luggage and debris was found so close in proximity to each other after the flight was shot down at 33,000 feet. That most debris was found within 200-300 yards from a road although it was scattered.
And once again the recovery of so many passports in such pristine condition, not to mention the luggage etc.
The fact that Rebel fighters are the ones that recovered the black boxes, (there were two black boxes located in two different spots on this plane, these are not easily dismantled, and it is not something your average rebel fighter would have the skills to find and dismantle these boxes. These rebels turned them over to the proper authorities. (See Something Say Something)
It was suspected on the day of the incident that the plane was shot down by the BUK-2 missile system. Its 9M317 missiles can reach 46,000 feet at Mach 3, carrying 154-pound warheads.
The report earlier this week confirmed what we thought was true: Dutch investigators concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile last July while en route to Amsterdam, leading to a crash that killed all 298 people on board the 777.
But what’s still an open question, investigators and safety experts said this week, is why commercial airliners are still flying near over conflict zones at all. The investigators had no easy answer as to why the airliner was flying over Ukraine, nor to what the world is going to do to keep airliners away from danger.
“These conflicts are more disorderly and less predictable than traditional wars between states.”
MH17 was hardly alone on that day it was lost. There were 160 other commercial flights traveling over eastern Ukraine around that time, said Tjibbe Joustra, chairman of the Dutch Safety board, who sharply criticized the Ukrainian government for failing to impose restrictions on its airspace. (The Ukrainian government has said it wasn’t aware of anti-aircraft weapons in the area.) “Not a single state or international organization explicitly warned of any risks to civil aviation, and not a single state prohibited its airliners from using the airspace… or imposed other restrictions,” Joustra said.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17)[a] was a regularly-scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. On 17 July 2014 a Boeing 777-200ER, which was operating as Flight 17, was shot down, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. Contact with the airliner was lost about 50 km (31 mi) from the Ukraine–Russia border, and it crashed near Torez in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, 40 km (25 mi) from the border. The crash occurred during the Battle in Shakhtarsk Raion, part of the ongoing war in Donbass, in an area controlled by the Donbass People’s Militia. The crash is the deadliest airliner shootdown, and was Malaysia Airlines‘ second aircraft loss during 2014 after MH370.
Ukraine rebels recover bodies, black boxes
July 19, 2014 by CBN
Ukraine rebels have recovered the black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a rebel leader said Sunday.
Alexander Borodai also said the bodies recovered from the crash site in eastern Ukraine would remain in refrigerated train cars at a station in the rebel-held town of Torez until the arrival of an international aviation delegation.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile Thursday at as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur above the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. All those onboard the flight – 283 passengers and 15 crew – were killed.
It was immediately not clear Sunday if the rebels and the Ukrainian government were working together or at odds with each other on recovering the bodies.