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The shrapnel indicates that it was NOT a contact explosion, but a proximity warhead.
The holes are in the nose, which means that the missile, or missiles were fired from the front, consistent with the location of a SAM system that was reported.
originally posted by: BornAgainAlien
a reply to: Zaphod58
The shrapnel is consistent with the proximity detonation of a missile. The homing, and the amount of shrapnel is consistent with a large missile.
So one or two Air-to-Air missiles exploding close by wouldn`t be able to the same as an SAM ?