MH17 Was Struck By Multiple "High-Energy Objects From Outside The Aircraft", Crash Report Reveals

Tyler Durden's picture

Over a month after the crash of flight MH 17 over east Ukraine, and with the confiscated Air Traffic Control voice recording still kept confidential by a western-led task force for reasons unknown, overnight the Dutch Safety Board released its preliminary report on the causes of the crash. As the AP reported, it agency "stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down by a missile, but its findings appear to point to that conclusion. It also did not say who might have been responsible." Actually, what the Dutch report did say is the following: MH17 was struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the deadly aviation disaster concluded Tuesday.

From the report: "The damage observed in the forward section of the aircraft appears to indicate that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," the report said. "It is likely that this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up."

In essence what the board "reported" is what has been widely known by now: "The initial results of the investigation point toward an external cause of the MH17 crash," the board's chairman, Tjibbe Joustra, said in a statement. "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.... Detailed examination of the structural damage is ongoing," the report said. "Forensic examination will be performed if the wreckage can be removed."

Not unexpectedly, by the time the Dutch conclude their report, nobody will care about MH 17 and the current Ukraine civil war foreplay will be long forgotten, having been either long since resolved or grown into something much bigger. To wit:

The board is leading the international investigation into the cause of the disaster. Its full report is expected within a year of the crash.

But while the report itself was largely neutral as expected for a preliminary report, the "experts" promptly jumped in to steer the discussion in the desired direction, starting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who said, "The findings are consistent with the government's statement that MH17 was shot down by a large surface-to-air missile."

Another that saw in the report what he wanted to see was Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who "welcomed the report, saying in a written statement that its key conclusion "leads to the strong suspicion that a surface-to-air missile brought MH17 down, but further investigative work is needed before we can be certain." Well at least he covered his bases by saying his conclusion is not really based on anything in the actual report.

Yet other, supposedly credible voices also took over "concluding" what was a very inconclusive report: next cited was an "aviation safety specialist" at Yates Consulting, Christopher Yates, who told the AP the report "is extremely consistent with damage from a missile for the simple reason there are penetration marks.

"It must have been moving at very high velocity to create the damage," he said. "It could only be a missile of the type that would reach the altitude that would have struck the aircraft, potentially a Buk missile. He said the report gave no indication whether the missile had been fired from the ground or from another aircraft, but it likely came from the ground as there were no military aircraft known to have been flying at the time. The missile could not have been shoulder-fired because it would not have reached the necessary altitude, he added.

So if it is so clear that a Rebel-fired missile destroyed the airplane, we should look forward to the undoctored ATC recordings finally beings released to the public? After all, they have been held in secret custody longer even than the MH 370 ATC recordings, another plane whose fate is still a mystery.

Finally, we are stunned that nobody has observed the obvious: "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft" like for example... bullets? As in a warplane-fired volley of high-powered bullets. Curiously, there is not even a single mention of the word "bullet" in the entire 34 page report: apparently even the mere possibility of such an "high-energy object" is too inconceivable to even consider?

Then again, one can see why this possibility was not even mentioned by the experts, the politicians and the pundits: for the simple reason that should bullets be noted as a culprit, that would immediately put all the blame on the Kiev government as only a Ukraine warplane could have shot down the Malaysian Boeing 777 over Ukraine airspace.

But we are confident this possibility will be extensively covered in the final Dutch Board report, some time in late 2015 or 2016, by which point we can only hope the ATC recording which may just reveal why the airplane was redirected, will be finally released...

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Update: it appears that at least a part of the ATC transcript has been released and can be found in the report as follows:

This is the transcript immediately surrounding the crash and confirms the redirection from Dnipropetrovs’k air traffic control centre (Dnipro Radar) "due to traffic." From the report:

At the time of the occurrence flight MH17 was under control of Dnipropetrovs’k air traffic control centre (Dnipro Radar). Shortly after 13.20 hrs, both Ukraine and Russian Federation Radar lost contact with the aircraft. The last radio transmission made by the crew began at 13.19:56 hrs and ended at 13.19:59 hrs. Dnipropetrovs’k air traffic control centre made a radio transmission to flight MH17 which began at 13.20:00 hrs and ended at 13.20:05 hrs. The crew did not respond to this transmission or subsequent transmissions. No distress message was received from the aircraft at any point in time by ATC.

What is not disclosed is the actual transcript that notes the path redirection. Instead the Dutch report reveals the following in paraphrase:

According to the flight plan, flight MH17 would initially fly at Flight Level 330 (FL330)5 above Ukraine until the waypoint PEKIT, which is on the Flight Information Region (FIR) boundary between Kiev FIR (UKBV) and Dnipropetrovs’k FIR (UKDV). From waypoint PEKIT the flight plan indicates FL350 for the remaining part over Ukraine.


According to ATC data, at 12.53 hrs the aircraft was flying within the Dnipropetrovs’k FIR, Control Sector 2, at FL330, controlled by Dnipro Control. At that time, Dnipro Control asked whether MH17 was able to climb to FL350 in accordance with the flight plan of MH17 and also to clear a potential separation conflict with other traffic in the area, another Boeing 777 flying at FL330 and approaching from behind.


The crew replied they were unable to comply and requested to maintain at FL330. This was agreed by Dnipro Control. As an alternative to solve the separation conflict, the other traffic climbed to FL350. According to ATC data, at 13.00 hrs the crew of flight MH17 requested to divert the track 20 NM to the left, due to weather. This also was agreed by Dnipro Control, after which the crew requested whether FL340 was available. Dnipro control informed MH17 that FL340 was not available at that moment and instructed the flight to maintain FL330 for a while. At 13.07 hrs the flight was transferred to Dnipropetrovs’k CTA 4, also with call sign Dnipro Control.

The provided map, which however fails to note any military aircraft in the vicinity, something that the Russians had supposedly caught on their radar.

And previously from Russia:

Here is a screengrab of a Su-25 fighter jet detected close to MH17 before crash.

Considering the seriousness of this redirection and the pilot's alleged "inability" to comply, it would be far more useful if the Dutch Safety Board would release this part of the transcript as it certainly will reveal much more than the part of the conversation that is already well known.

And some more from the report, first on the fate of the Flight Recorders:

The flight recorders were not recovered from the wreckage site by investigators of the Annex 13 investigation team, but individuals unknown to the team took them from the site. On 21 July 2014, the recorders were handed over to a Malaysian official in Donetsk by representatives of the armed group controlling the area. The recorders were transported by train from Donetsk to Kharkiv in custody of a Malaysian official and accompanied by Dutch officials and then transported to Kiev also in custody of a Malaysian official and accompanied by Dutch and ICAO officials. In Kiev the recorders were handed over to the Dutch Safety Board on 22 July 2014.


Immediately after the handover to the Dutch Safety Board, the recorders were transported to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s laboratory at Farnborough, United Kingdom, accompanied by an international team of air safety investigators from Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and representatives of ICAO. At Farnborough a French investigator joined the team whereupon the work to download the data of both recorders was started. Later on an air safety investigator of the Interstate Aviation Committee also joined the team.


No evidence or indications of manipulation of the recorders were found.

The Cockpit Voice Recorder:

The housing of the CVR (figure 4) had been damaged and, although the model and serial numbers were unreadable on the data plate, the serial number 1366 - matching the one provided by Malaysia Airlines - was found stamped on the underside of the chassis. The external damage found on the CVR is consistent with impact damage, the internal memory module was intact. The recording capacity of this recorder is 30 minutes.


The full 30 minutes were successfully downloaded and contained valid data from the flight.


The replay of the CVR matched ATC communications with the aircraft (see ATC transcript). The recording also included crew communication which gave no indication that there was anything abnormal with the flight. The CVR audio recording ended abruptly. A replay of the CVR did not identify any aircraft aural warnings or alerts of system malfunctions. Detailed analysis is ongoing.


No aural warnings or alerts of aircraft system malfunctions were heard on the cockpit voice recording, which ended at 13.20:03 hrs. Crew communication gave no indication that there was anything abnormal with the flight.

Finally, data on the wreckage:

Wreckage distribution


Wreckage from flight MH17 was discovered spread over a large area near the towns of Rozsypne and Hrabove in eastern Ukraine. The main wreckage site was located 8.5 km on a bearing of 080° from the last known position of the aircraft in flight. On the accident site, a large amount of photographs was made, which allowed identification of certain aircraft parts, including preliminary assessments of localization and the nature of damage on the fuselage skin and the engines.

The aircraft wreckage, identified from the on-site photographs and satellite images, consisted of many large and small pieces distributed over an area of approximately 10 km by 5 km (figure 6). Fuselage pieces, cargo and baggage were scattered throughout the wreckage site. There were many additional unidentified pieces that are not shown in the figure. For easy reference the wreckage site has been divided into sections as shown in figure 6. These sections match with the aircraft sections shown in figure 7.



Some pictures of relevant parts of which the location was known, are discussed hereinafter.


Cockpit and forward area damage


Large parts from around the cockpit and forward section were found in the area closest to the last recorded FDR position (figure 6). Among these parts were portions of the cockpit, the forward cargo bay floor and the cockpit side wall. The remains of the cockpit were located at the southern end of Rozsypne, 2.3 km east from the last recorded FDR position.


Photographs from the some wreckage showed that a number of pieces contained multiple holes and indentations. An example of a piece of wreckage containing such damage was a piece of skin from below the left cockpit window (figure 8) found in the town of Petropavlivka.



Around 1.7 km north of the position where the cockpit window structure was found, was a section of the cockpit roof also showing holes indicating penetration from outside (figure 9).



Noting that the investigation team has not yet had the opportunity to recover these components for forensic examination, photographs from the wreckage indicated that the material around the holes was deformed in a manner consistent with being punctured by high-energy objects. The characteristics of the material deformation around the puncture holes appear to indicate that the objects originated from outside the fuselage.

Full report below (link to original):

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viedoklis_lv's picture

"as only a Ukraine warplane could have shot down the Malaysian Boeing 777 over Ukraine airspace."

Are there somekind of supershields in the sky that would not allow for Putin regime to cross into Ukraine airspace - as it was done many times before?



Russian jets make repeated crossings into Ukraine airspace

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

viedokazu_draazejs earns another 4 Gryvnia for spewing insanitation:

Are there somekind of supershields in the sky that woul not allow for Putin regime to cross Ukraine air border as it was done many times before?


Come on, viedokazu_draazejs, it's time for you to grow up.

viedoklis_lv's picture

Ahhh my dear always hungry personal troll, who waits for me as little helpless puppy. Are you hungry little feller? Want to play? Now, go out side and play there... Shoo shoo. Awww now look what you have left here - right in the middle. Bad bad puppy. But surley noone can be really angry at you :)

so cute when you try to troll but is so helpless. Any way dont go away, stick to your plan and one day you will become a internet troll you always wanted to be!


Keep up!

intric8's picture

I've come to the conclusion that you can't possibly be a PAID troll

Ms. Erable's picture

Why not? Governments are not known to hire for competency.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

You're slipping, viedoklaizi_dirsa. Your comment didn't criticize Russia, so you missed out on another 4 Gryvnia.

Don't forget to make a comparison to Hitler to earn a bonus lump of coal. You might need it to keep warm this winter.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

They must be scraping the bottom of the barrel, even with their admittedly low standards.

drdolittle's picture

I think if it were the Ruskies we would have heard the innocent control tower recordings, rather than have had them stolen by the Kiev gov.

Tenshin Headache's picture

Russian planes enter Ukraine airspace, shoot down a civilian airliner, and return to Russia? And the US fails to capture this in real time?

I know you are a troll, but try to use your brain.

beaglebog's picture

Equally, Polish or American jets could have been in Ukrainian airspace.

TeaParterade's picture

its disgusting that ZH publishes theories like this.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Bullets?  Rounds? Trifling.  Semantics.

Who said it was an SU-27?  What kind of armaments could be mounted on the Ukrainian jet?

The Blank Stare's picture

Fascism 101

Control the information. Bastards!

GetZeeGold's picture



Welcome to the've just been drafted.


We'll call you.

The Blank Stare's picture

Ha! No problem. I'd love to kill some NAZI's.But I'm betting you're the kinda guy who always draws the long straw right? 

Moonrajah's picture

some time in late 2015 or 2016, by which point we can only hope the ATC recording which may just reveal why the airplane was redirected, will be finally released

Actually, the transcript is in the report, if you read it- page 15 of 34. I will save you the time and tell you there's a whole lotta nuthin' there.



MalteseFalcon's picture

Anyone can type up a transcript.  Tapes, please.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

The problem for the regime in Vichy DC is that the Russians, like the Americans, have been monitoring radio communications in the area since the start of the conflict.

The Russians have recordings of the communications between MH17 and air traffic control, as well as detailed satellite and radar imagery, and the Vichy DC regime knows it. That's why the "investigation" consists of delay tactics and nebulous reports which, while appearing verbose, say nothing conclusive.

conscious being's picture

The "black box" was found by anti-Junta militia and it had a download port. So, the Russians should have their own copy of that as well.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

If the west ever concedes MH17 was brought down by 'bullet' fire I expect the western MSM to claim the rebels hijacked a small 150 MPH piston engine Cessna and intercepted MH17 at 30,000 feet going 500 MPH while a rebel hung out the window and sprayed the pilots with his Uzi.


TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

"The plane was struck and penetrated by a flock of ISIS-trained high-energy terrorist geese. On Viagra. We have high confidence in this assessment."
-- John "horse-faced Herman Munster" Kerry, US Secretariat of State

AgDc's picture

Yep, it was the center fuel tank spontaneously combusting! 

Quinvarius's picture

If it was the missile they claimed, they would have said near by explosion and missile fragments  They are trying to say anything but the truth and leave as much room for story telling as possible without telling an outright lie.  It was cannon fire from a jet.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I tend to agree. Plausible deniability is what the Dutch seek here. They can't infer the Emperor is without cloths regarding MH17 without creating problems for themselves so they are choosing their words very carefully.

intric8's picture

They've already determined it was 30mm cannon rounds that entered one side and exited the other wall of the aircraft. No need for the generic "high energy objects" jargon, but the dutch dont want to be sanctioned by obozo for giving an incriminating report, so..

Zaptastic's picture

They're basically saying it was shot down by bullets, without actually saying those exact words.

Beowulf55's picture

Can bullets be classified as "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,"?  Call me a conspiricy theorist, but did they mention the Ukrainian aircraft shadowing the plane?  Maybe I just ask to many questions and don't trust the government.  Does that make me a paranoid terrorist?

crazzziecanuck's picture

To the Pentagon, a "directional impact device" is their name for a simple hammer, but get to charge $1000 for what a subcontractor pays at Ace.

Devon's picture

Read the detailed link if you have the time. 

The preliminary report does appear to show it was a BUK fired from the starboard side of the incoming MH17. (hence cockpit damage). The difficult part for the Ukrainian government/USA/EU is who was manning the BUK system. 

Spoiler alert, it wasn't the rebels.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Extra Spoiler Alert.  The pictures clearly show the plane's fuselage was hit by "rounds" from an aircraft 's 'cannon'.  Only Ukrainian aircraft in vicinity.  Ergo Ukrainian shoot down.

crazzziecanuck's picture

It *could* have been shot up on the ground with a truck mounted weapon.

Better call in CSI Las Vegas for the answers!

MalteseFalcon's picture

It *could* have been spacemen from Uranus.

Better call in Occam's razor.

Day_Of_The_Tentacle's picture

The pictures I have seen shows damage to the cockpit on the port side. The biggie is that even if they prove that a surface to air missile hit MH17 - they still have to explain why there were entry and exit holes in the cockpit on the same side of the aircraft. 

If a BUK was involved, I agree they also have to prove who manned it - but the fact that you can observe entry AND exit holes on the same side of the aircraft suggests that there was another factor in play as well - attacking MH17 from both sides. So either more than one missile - or possibly a combination with cannon-fire.

Which means either rebels not acting alone - aka together with jets from Russia


Ukraine acting alone or with "friends" or "friends" acting unilaterally on behalf of Ukraine.

Judging from confiscated ATC recordings plus the most vulgar and dillitant western propaganda campaign seen in recent history plus no released western hi-res sat-images in opposition to an adult and sober Russian data presentation very early in the series of events along with calls for international investigation and cease-fire that was broken by Uki forces firing on cars to be used by the Malaysian investigators - my personal conclusion is pretty clear. They are not going to be able to credibly pin this one on Putin.

The only option left is to delay, silence and distract as damage control. The lack of detailed information in the this report (after almost 2 months) just serves as another piece of confirmation.

chubbar's picture

I'll tell you one thing for certain and that is every leader in every EU country now knows the score and they know that "we" know they know it (if that makes sense). They all have a choice at this point to either support the murder of innocent humans to further the goal of the US to protect the petrodollar or stop. I don't think up until now it was as stark a choice as they now have.

The gov'ts had better choose wisely because it is becoming clearer by the day what is going on. I don't think they can unring this bell, the information is becoming too widely disseminated. If the gov'ts of the EU ever hope to maintain their power and control then they have to separate themselves from the insane US gov't. This is another 911 that happened in their part of the world and to ignore it will delay but not stop the ultimate outcome, which will be the repudiation of every gov't that supported this narrative of a missile shootdown in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Day_Of_The_Tentacle's picture

Very well said sir!. I wholeheartedly agree - also on the 911 bit. The buck stops sooner rather than later. We saw the EU election results. People are no longer eating the BS raw, and if common sense does not return to the picture in nearer future, I think we know well enough judging from history that European complacency can turn on a dime into a shitload of trouble.

PS: I wish my junkers would take the time to actually say what they disagree with in above post. 

lakecity55's picture

We may have to hope the Scots throw in a big monkey wrench!

WTFUD's picture

If the FINDINGS complemented the AGENDA of the MSM/NEOCON then the Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Testimony/ Recordings would be Front Page News on every magazine every hour of every day. ALAS IT DOESN'T.

Peter Pan's picture

Could the so-called rebels have hit the plane with multiple high energy objects with any of their artillery?

If not, then those "objects" could only come from one other source.

chaartist's picture

high energy stupidity. In Slovakia I have checked the news and it is all about russians did it proof..but I was surprised that even on stupid news portals the audience in comments wasn't tricked and majority knew it is BS

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

Here in Harperistan, the CBC is allowing comments, and ALL of the "most liked" comments are saying Ukraine is responsible, despite the massive amount of propaganda spinning this report as proof that "Putin is responsible".

SethDealer's picture

Let's kick their ass!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Little Nell... Little Nell...

But just who was it that expelled those "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft" ?....

Putin and Lavrov will be having field day with this one!!!!!!!!

Needless to say the U.S. and NATO is digging itself a deeper hole to climb out of for the next stunt they intend to use, erhhhh.... Like Kiev calling for multiple ceasefire(s) that aren't ceasefire(s)!!!!

post turtle saver's picture

BS Tyler, Russia is on the same investigative team and has had access to all information... thank you, please try again

Key findings of report

  • Likely that damage resulted in loss of structural integrity of aircraft, leading to break-up in the air
  • Forward parts of plane found near Petropavlivka closest to last flight data broadcast
  • Cockpit window contained numerous small puncture holes suggesting small objects entered from above level of cockpit floor (my note: absolutely NOT consistent with aircraft gunfire)
  • Damage to forward section indicates plane penetrated by large number of high-velocity objects from outside
  • No evidence found of manipulation of flight and data recorders
  • No indication of technical or operational issues with plane or crew
litemine's picture

You are a paid Shill or .

Likely..................your statement starts with an opinion...WTFisThat?

The American Government Lies.    Bankers control the strings on the Governments World Wide.

Here is an Opinion that I belive is close to the Truth.

It states the regannomics thought that if the rich (which has recieved most of the MONEY) they will spend and the cash will filter down   HOWEVER......the cash when it has filtered down has lost most of it's buying power.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Russian experts you say part of the investigation???...

pts please do show!

Including the eyewitness air traffic controllers and U.S. satellite images that can't be shown because they are classified even though a month later we "allegedly" are allowed to see "authentic" image(s) of Russian equipment at the border with Ukraine???  Are these images from different U.S. satellites and how would one set be classified and the other "unclass"????

One would think if you're prepared to start a war with a nuclear superpower you better have some iron clad evidence for the Ameircan public to digest -otherwise you might get yourself into some "hot water" one would think?

Just like the NIST 2 years after it was left out of the official report telling us (after the fact) that releasing the data modeling points from the WT7 analysis would somehow endanger our safety???!!!

Admit it!  You're a paid Kike troll!!!!

lakecity55's picture

If these assholes try to fight Russia, It would be funny if thousands invade the white mosque and someone ended up "swinging."

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

If these assholes try to fight Russia, It would be funny if thousands invade the white mosque and someone ended up "swinging."


I think Global Research says it best with the closing sentence

"Fratricidal war between Ukraine and Russia is unthinkable, leading to destruction of both Ukraine and Russia, but with US/NATO manipulating and inciting their proxies in Kiev to escalate provocations against Russia, such a war may ultimately be inevitable.  The consequences would very likely lead to a nuclear holocaust.  Those who would engineer such a war can only be described as clinically insane."...