Introduction by Roger Annis
Three months after the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014, Russian television has broadcast a 26-minute documentary film examining the crash and the official investigation that Holland is supposed to oversee. The documentary has been sub-titled into English.
As the film displays, today, most of the pieces of the Flight MH17 still lie scattered in the fields where they fell. Yet, a piecing together of the downed aircraft is an essential step for investigators in determining what happened.
A preliminary report by Dutch investigators was issued in early September. Consortium News’ Robert Parry wrote, “Beyond confirming that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 apparently was shot down on July 17, the Dutch Safety Board’s interim investigative report answered few questions, including some that would seem easy to address, such as the Russian military radar purporting to show a Ukrainian SU-25 jetfighter in the area, a claim that the Kiev government denied…”
“The report is also silent on the “dog-not-barking” issue of whether the U.S. government had satellite surveillance that revealed exactly where the supposed ground-to-air missile was launched and who may have fired it.”
In August, the Russian Union of Engineers published its investigation into the crash. That report was translated into English and published with little attention in September. Their conclusion from examining physical evidence, witness testimony and aircraft control records is that MH17 was shot down by one or two fighter aircraft.
The Russian engineers concluded their report, “Procrastination and the evasion of an objective investigation by all sides, with the participation of prestigious international organizations, raises doubts whether the concerned parties will make public the true circumstances surrounding the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.”