Flight MH17 hit by "high-energy objects" – report
September 10, 2014
Published on Sep 10, 2014
Damage consistent with ground-to-air missile hit
Flight MH17 was brought down by "a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside", investigators have concluded.
Releasing its report into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft, the Dutch Safety Board said that a series of small puncture holes and indentations in the body of the Boeing 777 aircraft, including the cockpit, caused the aircraft to break up mid-flight.
"The damage observed in the forward section of the aircraft appears to indicate that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft. It is likely that this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up," the report stated.
It added that the distribution of debris on the ground was further evidence that the aircraft "broke up in the air".
While the report doesn't apportion any blame for the incident, the damage described is consistent with that of a ground-to-air missile.
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