Investigators say Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 “split into pieces during flight”

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Dutch investigators say Malaysian plane crashed over eastern Ukraine caused by “a large number of high energy objects” from outside the aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over eastern Ukraine in July, broke up in mid-air “as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside”, according to a preliminary report published Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB).

The report said there was no evidence of technical faults or an emergency situation prior to the crash, which killed all 298 of its passengers. The flight proceeded as normal until coming to an abrupt end at 1.20pm on July 17, according to the report, and the flight’s cockpit voice recorder gave no evidence of warning tones or an emergency situation in the cockpit prior to the break-up of the aircraft.

The DSB report concluded that MH17 was hit by a “large number of high-energy objects” appears to be consistent with suspicion that the plane was brought down by a surface-to-air missile, which breaks into shrapnel shortly before it hits its target. DSB investigators have been unable to visit the site in the war-torn Donetsk region due to the continued fighting and have relied on information from Ukrainian crash specialists for information from the scene.

But its report says that the pattern of wreckage on the ground, studied in images of the crash scene, suggests that the aircraft split into pieces during flight. A seperate criminal investigation – the largest of its kind in Dutch history – is being carried out by investigators at the Hague. A full report from the DSB is expected around the middle of next year.

Source:The Telegraph

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