Rumour has it that the Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down by rebels from Ukraine. Nothing is confirmed yet. While the separatists in Ukraine claim that the rebels do not have the equipment to shoot at a plane of that altitude, other reports show that pro-Russian rebels have hit two more Ukrainian Su-25 jet fighters.
What’s up with Malaysian aircrafts? While one still remains missing, another one has been shot down: on Thursday 18th of July, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 was targeted by a surface-to-air missile.
Every single person on the plane is now dead – all 298 of them, including 15 of the crew members. The Boeing 777 was at 48 kilometers from Russia when the Ukrainian air traffic control lost contact with it. The aircraft crew did not have the time to issue distress calls. It got shot in no time, sending it crashing in the air to finally land with chunks and pieces all strewn for a distance of up to 16 kilometers away. Among the debris were scattered the corpses of the crash victims. Not to mention the individual pieces of limbs that got violently wrenched from the bodies of the victims at the impact.
The dead passengers include:-
- 154 Dutch people
- 27 Australians
- 11 Indonesians
- 6 British people
- 4 Germans
- 4 Belgians
- 4 French
- 3 Filipinos
- 1 Canadian
Some passengers are still unidentified, such that their nationalities are not known yet.
Who shot the deadly missile?
Many countries have proclaimed their intention of providing the required assistance to determine who is the guilty party. While it has been confirmed that the missile was launched from near the border of Ukraine and Russia, the real origin is not yet confirmed, though rumor has it that it is the deed of rebels from Ukraine. US Vice President, Joe Biden, stated that this was no accident. Now, the investigations are ongoing.
The plane crashed in a region of Ukraine which is known for its political instability: the war-ridden Donetsk region. Donetsk is characterized by sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian fighters. This has been going on for some months now. During the past few days, many Ukraine aircrafts are said to have been shot down – hence the confusion as to which group might be responsible. The officials of Ukraine claimed having intercepted phone calls between a separatist leader and Russian military intelligence officers whereby they were discussing the crash. According to what the Ukraine’s main security agency gathered of information, the former group involved in the phone call had at first thought that they had fired at a military cargo plane. Now, the blame game is on. In spite of all the other talks, President Putin of Russia proclaimed that the Ukrainian government is to shoulder the responsibility of the crash. He also promised to do everything in his capacity to portray the real picture of what happened to the members of the public.
The Malaysian Prime Minister now has to deal with yet another airplane mishap. He also stated that they will do everything in their power to determine the cause of the crash.
A separatist leader in Donetsk claimed that the rebels in that region do not have the required expertise and equipment to fire missiles to an airplane flying at high altitude. The missile that has hit the Flight MH17 is said to be a BUK anti-aircraft missile, which is mounted on a vehicle, and able to identify and hit several targets found in more than one direction and located at different altitudes. Furthermore, the chairman of the Council of Ministers, Alexander Boroday, appointed by the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk, argued that airplanes flying at that altitude cannot be targeted by self-defense forces.
Two days back, on Wednesday, a Ukrainian Su-25 jet fighter was fired from a military plane of Russia, or so it is said. Additionally, Pro-Russian rebels acknowledged having hit another Su-25 with a surface-to-air missile.
It is thought that the separatists might have more highly-advanced weaponry. They are said to have a version of Russia’s Grad rocket which was only used later by the Russian military.