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Update on the MH 17 Shootdown

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COMMENT: Sup­ple­ment­ing infor­ma­tion pre­sent­ed in FTR #803, we learn that a web­site cater­ing to glob­al busi­ness trav­el­ers pre­sent­ed infor­ma­tion point­ing to Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary per­son­nel as the “perps” of the shoot­down of MH 17.

The last minute change of course of the doomed plane was con­firmed by an Air India air­craft near­by.

We will present more about this sub­ject in the next For The Record Pro­gram.

“Ukraine Air Traf­fic Con­troller Sug­gests Kiev Mil­i­tary Shot Down Pas­sen­ger Plane”; eTN Glob­al Trav­el Indus­try News; 7/17/2014.

 ETN received infor­ma­tion from an air traf­fic con­troller in Kiev on Malaysia Air­lines flight MH17.

This Kiev air traf­fic con­troller is a cit­i­zen of Spain and was work­ing in the Ukraine. He was tak­en off duty as a civ­il air-traf­fic con­troller along with oth­er for­eign­ers imme­di­ate­ly after a Malaysia Air­lines pas­sen­ger air­craft was shot down over the East­ern Ukraine killing 295 pas­sen­gers and crew on board.

The air traf­fic con­troller sug­gest­ed in a pri­vate eval­u­a­tion and bas­ing it on mil­i­tary sources in Kiev, that the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary was behind this shoot down. Radar records were imme­di­ate­ly con­fis­cat­ed after it became clear a pas­sen­ger jet was shot down.

Mil­i­tary air traf­fic con­trollers in inter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion acknowl­edged the mil­i­tary was involved, and some mil­i­tary chat­ter said they did not know where the order to shoot down the plane orig­i­nat­ed from.

Obvi­ous­ly it hap­pened after a series of errors, since the very same plane was escort­ed by two Ukrain­ian fight­er jets until 3 min­utes before it dis­ap­peared from radar.

Radar screen shots also show an unex­plained change of course of the Malaysian Boe­ing. The change of course took the air­craft direct­ly over the East­ern Ukraine con­flict region. . . .

“Air India Flight Was 90 Sec­onds Away When Mis­sile Struck Malaysian Air­lines Flight MH117” by Man­ju V.; Times of India; 7/20/2014.

. . . . An Air India Dream­lin­er flight going from Del­hi to Birm­ing­ham was in fact less than 25km away from the Malaysian air­craft, a dis­tance cov­ered by a Dream­lin­er or Boe­ing 777 in about 90 sec­onds, when the lat­ter was hit. Because of this close­ness, the Dnipropetro­vsk (local Ukrain­ian) air traf­fic con­troller asked the AI pilots to try and estab­lish con­tact with pilots of the Malaysian air­craft who had stopped respond­ing to its calls.

Min­utes before the crash caused by a mis­sile strike, the AI pilots had also heard the con­troller give the Malaysian air­craft MH17 what is called “a direct rout­ing”. This per­mits an air­craft to fly straight, instead of track­ing the reg­u­lar route which is gen­er­al­ly a zig-zag track that goes from one ground-based nav­i­ga­tion aid or way point to anoth­er. “Direct rout­ing saves fuel and time and is pre­ferred by pilots. In this case, it proved fatal,” said an air­line source. . . .


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