The preliminary report about the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Eastern Ukraine says that “the damage observed on the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft appears to indicate that there were impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft”.
The report says nothing about the nature of these high-energy objects. It doesn’t mention missiles, nor says who could be responsible for the attack that killed 298 people. But it says it was not a human error of the crew or a failure of the plane.
According to the report “the pattern of damage observed in the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft was not consistent with the damage that would be expected from any known failure mode of the aircraft, its engines or systems”
And “the fact that there were many pieces of aircraft structure distributed over a large area, indicated that the aircraft broke up in the air”.
The report also says that “the communication between the flight crew members gave no indication of any malfunction or emergency prior to the occurrence”, and states that “the engine parameters were consistent with normal operation during the flight. No engine or aircraft system warnings or cautions were detected. No technical malfunctions or warnings in relation to the event flight were found on Flight Data Recorder data”.
It also says that there were no distress messages from the crew. Simply the communications ended abruptly at the same time as the Flight Recording Data boxes stopped at 13:20:03 of that dreadful 17 of July.
All this findings are compatible with an attack with missiles that an airliner has no means to detect nor to defend itself from them.
Ukraine and the western governments accused the pro-Russian rebels of shooting down the airliner, something the rebels denied. The investigations have been difficult because of the fighting in the area, controlled by pro-Russian rebels.