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originally posted by: Blister
Yes there was, in the Soviet Far East, KAL007 I think it was. Air-to-air missile from a SU-15.
Incidentally, Ukraine has form in shooting down passenger aircraft, having shot a Russian one down in 2001.
originally posted by: peanutbuddha
originally posted by: aLLeKs
I am pretty sure it was an accident, neither side would be studid enough to shoot it down on purpose.
Actually, if they could get away with it, Ukraine would be brilliant to purposely shoot down a civilian airliner and pin it on Russia and the Ukrainian separatists.
Advanced US satellites played a key role in the determination by intelligence officials that a surface-to-air missile shot down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.
originally posted by: paraphi
Soviets did it on purpose. Ukraine did it by accident. There's a difference.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: maghun
That airport has nothing to do with anything. They're controlled by controllers that aren't necessarily at an airport.
Yes they're controlled on the ground based on the flight plan the pilots filed that has their routing on it. The controllers ensure separation and that they're flying to the right waypoints, etc, but have nothing to do with setting the course initially.
It didn't sharply deviate from anything. They were fairly close to their filed flight plan after making adjustments for winds aloft.
“A Ukraine Air Force military jet was detected gaining height, it’s distance from the Malaysian Boeing was 3 to 5km,” said the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the HQ of Russia’s military forces, Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov speaking at a media conference in Moscow on Monday.
“[We] would like to get an explanation as to why the military jet was flying along a civil aviation corridor at almost the same time and at the same level as a passenger plane,” he stated.
At the moment of the MH17 crash an American satellite was flying over the area of eastern Ukraine, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry. It urged the US to publish the space photos and data captured by it.
Speed 950 km/h 513 kts 590 mph
Service Ceiling 10.000 m 32.808 ft