Final Dutch MH17 report finds Buk SAM responsible

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Final Dutch MH17 report finds Buk SAM responsible
Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
13 October 2015

The reconstructed cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is seen prior to the presentation of the Dutch Safety Board final report on 13 October. Source: PA Photos
Key Points
  • The official report into the MH17 tragedy has found a Russian-made Buk missile responsible
  • The shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 killed all 298 on board
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk surface to air missile (SAM) system, the independent Dutch Safety Board's (DSB) final report into the crash has found.

"Flight MH17 crashed as a result of the detonation of a warhead outside the airplane above the left hand side of the cockpit," Tjibbe Joustra, chairman of the DSB stated as he presented the summary of the report's findings on 13 October.

The executive summary of the report states that, "A 9N314M warhead, launched by a Buk surface-to-air missile system from a 320 km² area in the eastern part of Ukraine, detonated to the left and above the cockpit. The forward section of the aircraft was penetrated by hundreds of high-energy objects coming from the warhead. As a result of the impact and the subsequent blast, the three crew members in the cockpit were killed immediately and the aeroplane broke up in the air. Wreckage from the aeroplane was distributed over various sites within an area of 50 km². All 298 occupants were killed."

Joustra was keen to add that the report also excluded any other cause for the crash. "Excluding scenarios is a proven message of investigation," he said. "MH17 did not crash as a result of meteor strikes, any technical defects, as a result of a bomb inside the aircraft, or from an air-to-air missile, as the damage pattern would have been different and the radar images would have shown other aircraft in the vicinity."

Russian missile maker Almaz-Antey claimed in a 2 June presentation (pictured) that a 9M38M1 SAM brought down MH17. However, on 13 October the company backtracked on this and tried to claim the older 9M38 missile responsible in an attempt to divert blame. (PA Photos)

The 9N314M warhead is used on the 9M38M1 missile from the Buk SAM. Key to the identification of the specific warhead are the shapes of the pre-formed fragments contained within it; those the report found were both cubic and of an hourglass or bowtie shape.
Final Dutch MH17 report finds Buk SAM responsible - IHS Jane's 360
 
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From what I've seen, it's still a situation of he said/he said, with Russia denying it was their missile, and claiming it was a missile fired by Ukrainians, and them stating that it was fired by the Russians. Here's an update, with more denial and obsuscation. Flight MH17: Russia and its changing story - BBC News
 
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Correct me if I'm lost on this. That MH17 plane was flying in the airspace of Ukraine so it was shot by a Russian SAM, crashed and killed all the passengers. As a layman sitting on the fence, where do you think is the fault in that incident? Assuming that the MH17 had entered sacred airspace, is that reason enough to shoot it down? Besides, it is a passenger plane and not a war jet.
 
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