A REPORT by a Dutch investigation team into the Malaysian MH17 airplane crash in Eastern Ukraine has revealed that the plane was hit by ‘numerous high energy objects,’ that ‘pierced the plane at great speeds.’
They said the plane ‘broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-speed objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside.’
The report by the Dutch Satety Board goes on to say that there was no evidence of technical fault or pilot error. The cockpit recorder confirmed that there was no emergency call from the pilot, or technical fault with the plane.
Tjibbe Joustra, chairman of the Dutch Safety Board, said: “The MH17 crash has shocked the world and raised many questions. The Dutch Safety Board wishes to determine the cause of the crash, for the sake of the loved ones of the victims and for society at large. The initial results of the investigation point towards an external cause of the MH17 crash. More research will be necessary to determine the cause with greater precision. The Safety Board believes that additional evidence will become available for investigation in the period ahead.”
All 298 people lost their lives when the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down.
It is believed that pro-Russian separatists, who were operative in the area, shot down the plane with an anti-aircraft system known as Buk.
Final reports will be published within the next year.