US Intelligence Confirms Malaysian Jet Brought Down By Surface-To-Air Missile

Tyler Durden's picture

Details are starting to come together. The WSJ reports that US Intelligence detected a surface missile launch and tracked the explosion of the plane.


However, Intelligence Community Divided Over Whether Missile From Russia or E. Ukraine.

As WSJ earlier noted,

If the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that crashed in eastern Ukraine was shot down — as US Intelligence has now confirmed — attackers would have had to use a sophisticated surface-to-air missile system, not the shoulder-fired weapons that are more accessible and easier to use.


Those weapons, nicknamed manpads, have been used in attacks against commercial aircraft in the past. But their range is much lower than the approximately 30,000-feet cruising altitude at which the Ukrainian official said Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing carrying 295 passengers and crew, was flying.

Manpads in use...

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Liberal's picture

Then it MUST BE true!

NuckingFuts's picture

A lot of problems loading ZH. Anyone else? What's up?

SoberOne's picture

We can detect surface to air missiles, but we can't recover Lois Lerner's emails?

Major Major Major's picture

Nor can we detect actual airplanes that go missing

Fukushima Sam's picture

The conspiracist in me is keeping an eye on this one... seems a bit too coincidental that this is the same airline and model as the plane that recently disappeared...

Lost My Shorts's picture

Non-conspiracy theory:  the separatists were feeling like hot stuff for being able to shoot down Ukrainian government planes, and got carried away and hit a foreign passenger plane by mistake.

But if it wasn't so simple, then you have to wonder why they chose a plane from a minor country like Malaysia instead of something more dramatic like a major European airline (all of which also flew that route until today).

stacking12321's picture

the event happened probably as an excuse for santions or military action against russia or ukranian separatists.

as far as who really did it, i wouldn't be surprised to find out CIA or blackwater/Xe were involved.

as far as why picking on malaysia airlines, i would look into things like:

1) has anyone heavily shorted or bought put options on them recently?

2) has malaysia airlines done anything to piss off the americans?

3) who will end up buying malaysia airlines on the cheap (article claims they were in financial straits before these 2 incidents)?

0b1knob's picture

Perhaps it was a French missle.  Like this one.  Oh wait....


kaa1016's picture

Just heard that today is the 18 year anniversary of TWA Flight 800...

The Alarmist's picture

Sounds almost too twilight zone ... maybe it was space alients (occam's razor).

GeezerGeek's picture

The FBI did all it could to disparage eyewitness accounts telling of something ascending from the surface and intersecting with that aircraft's path. Why should we believe the feds now when they were so off base then? TWA-800 was a Boeing 747-100. This was a Boeing 777. Is it safe to be on a Boeing that's not on the ground?

Ranting Troglodyte's picture

Another one brought down by a missile....



Just a lot harder to play that one off on some "separatists ".

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Interesting Obama took the opportunity threaten Putin again today. Given Putin's been several mves ahead all through this crisis, praps they thought they'd try something totally random? I see the numerologists are having a field day, btw. This stinks like rotting fish. I await the response - if any - with interest.

The Alarmist's picture

Cui bono?  There's no upside to the separatists doing this.

BLOTTO's picture

Exactly, when the controlled MSM announces who, what, where, why and how - in 30 minutes of a major event like has false flag smeared all over it.


Info for consideration from Jimstone site:

Heads up: which is the defining site for flight history says MH17 was canceled and never departed, with no departure time listed. Hmmm . . . . . Good cover for flight 370? Not enough substance to make a call on that one, but this is something to make note of at least. The site is down now, possibly overwhelmed? That is OK, I got a photograph of this.


UPDATE: Flight "MH17" was being escorted by two fighter jets up until shoot down, which would be PERFECT if it was in fact a zombie flight 370 under remote control to its final death. This is covered more farther down the page.

general ambivalent's picture

Yeah, I don't like the current jumping to conspiracy conclusions on every event, but damn, the media has quite a narrative on this one.

If not a false flag this is one of the worst possible coincidences in history I think. And what does that tell you? Almost certainly a false flag.

nope-1004's picture

It's no coincidence.  Thousands of planes fly everyday throughout Europe.  My local media outlet said "now we just have to figure out if the Ukraine or Russians did this".


Can't be the US led banker cabal, the same banker cabal that NEEDS USD reserve status, brought down the twin towers, and is clearly pissed at Putin.  Who had motive?  Who is behind in the global energy race and global energy deals?  Kinda obvious, no?

mkkby's picture

Yeah, this stinks. 

Intelligence was able to find, interpret and report on their data in under 30 minutes. 

Then they were able to get internal clearance to go to the media.

Then in that same half hour they were able to call friendly media, and get them on the phone.  Those reporters didn't need any time to write and publish their story.  It just goes from thought to paper/web instantly.

NoPantsSpongeBob's picture

Or an indirect admission that US intelligence is numerous and active in Ukraine.


AgeOfJefferson's picture

Yep you're right. This flight was CANCELLED as per I got a screenshot just in case. What is the background of this website - anyone know? Are they and the data officially recognized? Any MSM showing this. 

post turtle saver's picture

all it means is that air traffic control at Kuala Lumpur / WMKK didn't send an arrival message for the flight... this is expected given circumstances... the flight was shown as in air and on time earlier today...

Davalicious's picture

The flight was cancelled with extreme prejudice.

what's that smell's picture
US Intelligence Confirms Malaysian Jet Brought Down By Surface-To-Air Missile

us intelligence? confirms? the lying mudderfudders (whoever they are) will say anything without shame or remorse.

can you say "sock puppet"?

is zerohedge a sock puppet?---like reuters or the wall screed journal or moody's or obama or bush?

"zerohedge reports us intelligence (who?) confirms (how?) something".........


schnydz's picture slow the fuck down cowboy! ZH is just following the bread crumbs. 

Spitzer's picture

What about the reports that said that the Rebeles on both sides don't have the fire power to get to 33000 feet ?

And that Putins plane is identical." Oh those reports were false. " wee better hope they are false. Otherwise this is going to get nasty

pcrs's picture

Malasia is pivot in joining the TPP agreement or the ASEAN trade agreement.

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

Agreed, Malaysia would be one of Zbigniew Brzezinski's pivot states on the Grand Chessboard

Thought Processor's picture



ZH servers have been getting hammered over the last couple of hours.  Not normal volume at all.  Way out of line.   All the signs of an ongoing DNS attack, back up servers as well.

GeezerGeek's picture

Were those HFT workstations retasked to attack ZH rather than levitate the DOW? Clearly the DOW missed their assistance today.

Thought Processor's picture



ZH servers have been getting hammered over the last couple of hours.  Not normal volume at all.  Way out of line.   All the signs of an ongoing DNS attack, back up servers as well.

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

Tyler should archive up everything and sell it on a DVD for when TSHTF - which would be about now.

Not Too Important's picture

It is a common aircraft:

"The 777 has received more orders than any other wide-body airliner; as of February 2014, 60 customers had placed orders for 1,548 aircraft of all variants, with 1,178 delivered."

Although Malaysian Air does seem to be in the thick of it . . .

Thought Processor's picture



ZH servers have been getting hammered over the last couple of hours.  Not normal volume at all.  Way out of line.   All the signs of an ongoing DNS attack, back up servers as well.

Fukushima Sam's picture

Oops, duplicate.  .gov thought control bots must be spamming the site.

SWRichmond's picture


They should know, they ordered it fired, and there were two operatives standing there when the patsy fired it...

GeezerGeek's picture

I doubt it was a single patsy. Maybe a false-flag team?

Paveway IV's picture

Sure sign of a false flag: steering the social media conversation often and early with the first supposed intelligence agency reports.

First at the gate: Ukranian Intelligence supposedly intercepts this phone conversation:

Followed up an hour or so later by half-assed supposed U.S. intelligence to fit the narrative.

It's no longer a question of *IF* some governments will attempt to direct discussion on the internet for flase flags, it's only a matter of who does it first with the most effect. Western oligarchs will make sure everyone stays on message: "...Putin killed children on MH-17 (and refuses to obey the USD banking overlords) = NATO must intervene in Ukraine and fight Russian aggression.

Dear NSA/CIA: Seriously?? That's all you fucks can come up with on an eighty-billion dollar budget? We may have to look closely into outsourcing your jobs in the future - Sorry!

db51's picture

Probably because search assets are busy looking for Obama's golf balls that end up in the rough.  

DaveyJones's picture

and NORAD has a serious problems with diverted civillian planes in September

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

Setting aside conspiracy theories for a moment... The detection of the missile and the plane over Ukraine was likely by an early launch sattelite called SBIRS GEO2.  It stares at the earth with an infrared camera, detecting very bright IR signatures to detect the launch of missiles.  The sattelite wouldn't have been able to detect the plane except at the moment when the missile's warhead hit the plane, likely setting off a jet fuel explosion.  Also, it's pretty easy to keep track of commercial jets as long as their transponder and sattelite links are working.

MidwestJester's picture

Oh, they CAN recover them, but they don't WANT to....

maskone909's picture

i am too much of a pussy to fly. 

you couldnt pay me enough money to fly a malaysian flight.

you couldnt pay me enough money to fly a malaysian flight over UKRAINE!


rip to the poor souls. 

they didnt deserve it.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Yes, maskone909,

They did not deserve it.


Don't like flying?  Try Air Xanax.

maskone909's picture

haha thanks dochen but it would have to be a helluva lot more stronger than that.

im thinking IV dilaudid or some of that michael jackson juice

Otrader's picture

' I pitty the fool who drugged me.  How the heck did I get here Hannibal?" - Mr. T

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

You really have to wonder what the airliners are/were thinking flying that route.  An An-26 cargo plane was shot down in the same area at 21k feet just a couple days ago.

motorollin's picture

Same here. Last 90 minutes or so I've gotten the Drupal screen on and off.