September 9, 2014 - On Tuesday the Dutch Safety
Board (DSB) released its preliminary findings on
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine killing
all 282 passengers and 15 flight crew.
General speculation at the time was that the
Boeing 777-200 was brought down by a Soviet made
medium range BUK surface-to-air missile. The
report released by DSB indicates the aircraft
was hit by an outside object.
The report states the damage observed on the
forward fuselage and cockpit section of the
aircraft appears to indicate that there were
impacts from a large number of high-energy
objects from outside the aircraft.
The report further states the pattern of damage
observed in the forward fuselage and cockpit
section of the aircraft was not consistent with
the damage that would be expected from any known
failure mode of the aircraft, its engines or
The fact that there were many pieces of aircraft
structure distributed over a large area,
indicated that the aircraft broke up in the air.