MH17 Wreckage Photo Shows Evidence of Shrapnel

MH17 ShrapnelThe Financial Times posted a photo of what appears to be wreckage from the Malaysian Airlines jetliner peppered with shrapnel damage from an anti-aircraft missile.

The international community has pressed for an investigation into the cause of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 crash, However, many, including U.S. officials, have said the evidence points to pro-Russian separatists shooting down the passenger jet with an advanced surface-to-air missile system capable of hitting an aircraft flying at 33,000 feet.

The photographed wreckage above adds to that mounting collection of evidence. 

SAM systems destroy aircraft by exploding in the airspace in which the aircraft is flying. The resulting shrapnel destroys the aircraft.

Reports have surfaced of a Russian SA-11 system moving in eastern Ukraine, a medium sized SAM system that would produce shrapnel about the size of the holes seen in the Financial Times photo. The Buk M1 system also has the range to hit an aircraft traveling at that speed and altitude.

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  • S O

    “The Buk M1 system also has the range to hit an aircraft traveling at that speed and altitude.”

    That would be ‘effective ceiling’, nor ‘range’.

    The photo looks like a cockpit section, which would rule out a disintegration of a turbofan as the source of troubles.

  • ghostwhowalksnz

    Or they could have propped it up against the post and let loose a burst of automatic fire.
    The shoot down by a missile is the most likely ., but as ever a lot of early information should be discounted as false or jumping to conclusions

    • ghostwhowalksnz

      There have been more pictures of shrapnel in the wreckage. Those seem more natural settings than this one propped up. The more pictures make it pretty conclusive it was a missile.

      The other shots of a missile unit ( or some covered item) on the back of a transporter , supposedly heading back to Russia could be staged anywhere in Ukriane.
      The idea seems to have pics where there are plenty of Russians, including Knightsbridge

    • cptjohnpaul

      The display is very unfortunate for the Russian soldier who did not find it in time to maintain Plausible deniability!

  • iknow

    It was Putin’s missile!
    By Pepe Escobar

    And here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysia Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists”, armed by Russia, and Vladimir Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up.

    Why? Because the CIA said so. Because Hillary “We came, we saw, he died” Clinton said so. Because batshit crazy Samantha “R2P” Power said so – thundering at the UN, everything duly printed by the neo-con infested Washington Post. [1]

    Because Anglo-American corporate media – from CNN to Fox (who tried to buy Time Warner, which owns CNN) – said so. Because the President of the United States (POTUS) said so. And mostly because Kiev had vociferously said so in the first place.

    Right off the bat they were all lined up – the invariably hysterical reams of “experts” of the “US intelligence community” literally foaming at their palatial mouths at “evil” Russia and “evil” Putin; intel “experts” who could not identify a convoy of gleaming white Toyotas crossing the Iraqi desert to take Mosul. And yet they have already sentenced they don’t need to look any further, instantly solving the MH17 riddle.

    It doesn’t matter that President Putin has stressed the MH17 tragedy must be investigated objectively. And “objectively” certainly does not mean that fictional “international community” notion construed by Washington – the usual congregation of pliable vassals/patsies.

    to be continued

  • lance

    Who cares. Who is dumb enough to fly a commercial planes threw a war zone were both sides uses SAMs and one has MIGs. They lost Frogfoots in that area before, they knew the risk Malaysian airlines is at fault as much as the SAM operator.

    Face it like Obama wanted war for his Islam buddies in Syria last year he wants the Euro maiden losers to win for NATO in Ukraine this is USA lammo 101

  • Hans

    Putin has been playing Obama like a violin ever since he got back to power. Obama is so out of his league. And the rest of the world suffers.
    Thanks Americans for electing this idiot to office, twice!

    • iknow

      Agreed. Putin might have deliberately delayed the release of incriminating evidence against Kiev and its US handlers to let Obama humiliate himself in front of the world – giving Obama a long rope to hang himself, so to speak.

      In Obama’s defense though, he’s not really the real decision maker in Washington; nor are any of those donkeys in Congress.

    • S O

      Putin didn’t play Obama like a violin for the simple reason that the U.S. is largely irrelevant in the Ukraine. Decisive action is unrealistic considering that it could lead to a nuclear war on proxy territory.

      And McCain would by now have invaded Libya and Syria, bombed Iran … Republicans cannot really complain about Obama because they offered the even worse candidates to the voters AND they’re the ones who got the county into the depression and two costly idiotic wars.

  • nancy

    If you must defecate, learn to use the toilet, boy.

  • Michael Harrison

    Now, here’s the fun part: The photo above shows round ball damage as from a BYK missile. There are also photos showing slashes from frangible rods, as from a air to air missile. But, an air to air missile neccesarily implicates the Kiev government.

  • Michael Harrison

    If there were in fact two missiles, one ground to air and the other air to air, there is no way that this was an accident. It had to be intentional. And by the Kiev government.

    • Phono

      Ukraine is winnig the war against the russian backed Separatists and has no need to further spread the conflict – the probability that Separatist did it accidentally is much more conclusive than any construction of an intentionally shootdown by Kiev forces – of which they could only gain a stepback of international support … Kiev is not that desperate, but the Separatists are …

  • LPF

    My word I just have to ask , do you guys paid by post or does Putin give you a salary? Seriously its so obvious, but I have to admit you not making the usual mistakes when using a foreign language bravo.

    Such a shame we can’t see post histories or IP address ranges, would make some intresting reading I reckon.

    • Artyr

      Totally agree, the same his happening in almost all blogs of relevance, always the same pro-russian pree-planned speech, I’m sick of it.

      • frisky

        Agreed. Its almost pouring out of their posts that they are pro Russia if not russian.

        • Blue Jay

          Gee, LPF, how many accounts are you using here? 10? 20?

          And you wanna talk about getting paid. LOL.

          This is not about pro-Russian or pro-American. This is about pro-truth, pro-facts, and pro-justice.

          You are so pathetic in blindly following the already debunked official propaganda from a demonstrably reckless and irresponsible government.

    • Blue Jay

      You deserve a picture like this:

      Anyone who follow the media/official propaganda and point fingers at the Russians or Independence Seekers in E. Ukraine deserve a picture like this.

    • jak

      I’m sure you trolls always complaining would be interesting as well.

  • LPF

    Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

    I don’t think their the only ones judging by this thread!

    • Rose

      Coming from you, negative credibility can be safely presumed without reading your links.

  • Falcon

    That picture is in fact part of the outside of the cockpit. This is from the front of the aircraft. IF any of the crew survived, we might get something from the voice recorders. In my opinion, we will not have anything but silence. Damage that extensive to the nose of the aircaft at the speed the airliner was traveling at would have ripped it apart pretty quick.

  • Rob

    To me its just another stupid day in a stupid world. Never enough proof to convince everyone of anything. No 2 people agree. All sides deny responsibilities. A bunch of people died for no good reason. Their existence seemingly means nothing. Both sides drift farther apart. Most people better off ignoring all media because your views only confuse things even worse. A tech site made into a let’s play detective forum. What a joke. Don’t ever question why someone you know kills themselves. It’s this madness all around that pushes them to it.

  • nancy

    Zerohedge (one of the best and real information websites) is also carrying a story on MH17 similar to Escobar’s analysis posted by iknow.

    Zerohedge also has a large base of truly educated and well-informed readers, judging by the comments. (though lately, many idiots, sheeples and mainstream media junkies are stinking up the comment sections).

  • moondawg

    Have they ruled out a fuel tank explosion, similar to what caused Flt 800 out of NY to fall out of the sky. People claimed it was shot down by a missile, but was proved to be a spark in an almost empty fuel tank.

    • Palmguy

      A plane minutes into a flight from New York to Paris didn’t have an almost empty fuel tank.

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  • iknow

    Have you guys seen this story? Be sure to follow up on this piece. The US government has been hijacked by War Profiteers since the end of WWII. LB Johnson had exclaimed upon assuming presidency that “We had been running a damned Murders Inc. in the Caribbean.”

    US Refuses To Take Back 13 Dead CIA Spies Killed In Ukraine

    A stunning Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that the United States has refused to repatriate the bodies of 13 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) military operatives killed when their helicopters were shot down by pro-federalist forces on the outskirts of Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine this past Friday.

    According to this report, on 2 May the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion of the 25th Separate Dnipropetrovsk Airborne Brigade of the Ukrainian Army, which had defected to the side of the pro-federalists in April, fired upon and downed two Russian made Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters belonging to the Ukrainian Air Force that had been attempting to land CIA military “command and control” operatives into the battle zone of Slavyansk.

    Of the 14 CIA military operatives aboard the two Mil Mi-17’s, this report continues, only one survived, who was initially identified as Captain Savuilov [photo 2nd left], but whose subsequent questioning revealed him to be an employee of the American mercenary company named Greystone Ltd.

    • iknow

      WikiLeaks : Ukraine ‘s new president was a U.S. State Department informants

      story in the same pcmag discussion thread as above.

  • iknow

    U.S. Prepares to Blame MH17 Shoot Down on Ukrainian Army “Defector”
    Washington fixing intelligence around pre-ordained policy

    by Paul Joseph Watson | July 23, 2014

    In an attempt to explain away the existence of evidence which shows Ukrainian troops firing the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Washington may be preparing to fix the intelligence by pinning the blame on a “defector” in order to absolve Kiev.

    As we reported on Monday, award winning former AP and Newsweek reporter Robert Parry was told by an intelligence source that the U.S. is in possession of images which show men dressed in Ukrainian Army uniforms operating the Buk missile system which shot down MH17.

    If proven accurate, such information would completely eviscerate Washington and Kiev’s already shaky narrative that Russian-backed separatist rebels were responsible for the attack.

    The U.S. State Department now appears to be shifting the emphasis of its narrative to discount the possibility that Kiev itself was responsible for shooting down MH17. As the L.A. Times reported yesterday, “U.S. officials said it was possible the SA-11 [anti-aircraft missile] was launched by a defector from the Ukrainian military who was trained to use similar missile systems.”

    Blaming the incident on a “defector” would allow the U.S. to explain why the culprit was wearing a Ukrainian Army uniform when he shot down the airliner.

    [full article available on Infowars website]

  • Jerry

    I do not knnow who fired the missile. Looking at the photo of a portion of the aircraft, this of the Left Hand Forward Fuselage and what you see it part of the Capts Windshield (L1 Window) and (L2 Side Window). judging from the amount of shrapnel holes the explosion more then likely killed the Flight Crew and resulted in lose of control of the aircraft. The shrapnel could have caused enough wiring damage in the Flight Deck to also cause con trol of the aircraft. I do not see a way to attach a photo, but I have one of another MAS B777-200ER which I inspected in 2012 and thhis shows the lovcation of this piece of fuselage.

  • iknow

    Chaos in Ukraine. PM resigns. The puppet government is in shambles.

  • iknow

    Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17

    Award winning former Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

  • Vlad

    The picture is the good proof that the shrapnel was hitting the plain from inside. Take a look how metal is being punched. Not from outside. It’s being punched from inside – sign of the bomb exploding in the pilot cabin

  • Deutsch

    Dr. Paul Craig Roberts on Ukraine, Russia and the US:

  • JackStrap77

    A set of high resolution photos of the panel shown above have been published by Geroen Akkerman on Flicker. Close scrutiny of them reveals that this section of the cokkpit contains a considerable number of 1.25 inch diameter round holes. Some have their metal rim furling outwards and others furling inwards. As well as this there are shrapnel punctures to the metal skin with the metal curling outwards. Inspection of fuselage photos reveal that all the punctures are in the cokkpit except for several diagonal grazes on the wings leading to the cokkpit. Puncture wounds to the skin of the aircraft appear to be confined solely to the cokkpit apart from some round 1.25 inch holes in a section of the fuselage near to the cokkpit. The tight grouping of holes in the side of the cokkpit seems inconsistent with a nearby proximity burst or with a direct impact. Unless the shrapnel from an anti aircraft warhead consists exclusively of 1.25 inch diameter ball bearings that have an approximately horizontal trajectory and can be accurately targeted onto the side wall of the cokkpit, something else must be responsible.

  • Ptheta

    As if the US backed Ukrainian military doesn’t have Russian equipment too.

  • wex

    Finally, after examination or the wreckage and other evidence, all sources of intelligence including the US have concluded that MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian fighter jets.

    There were numerous bullet holes on the fuselage.

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