On the second day of the substantive hearing of the MH17 trial, the court discussed the fact that the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was shot down.
It involves the results and conclusions of the international investigation team on the disaster flight. Chairman Steenhuis warned relatives and other listeners that the information was “very technical, and sometimes even very technical”.
Steenhuis described the impact of the Buk missile, which, according to researchers, was used to shoot Boeing and stated that the explosive power outside the cockpit of flight MH17 was huge. The Buk rocket was launched at a speed of 2,800 km/h, exploded and threw thousands of metal clouds with great force, piercing the airliner.
These fragments fly at ten to twenty times the speed of the airplane. Metal particles penetrated into the body of the crew member.
The judge explained in detail the metal particles that were called “foreign bodies” in the investigation.Iron filings found in the corpse The first captain, From Co-pilot The president is important evidence. Forensic experts found cockpit glass on the particles, proving that they came from an explosion outside the plane. Debris pointing to the weapon, the Buk missile, was also found elsewhere in the aircraft.
Anton Kotte later said that the room where the relatives followed the case was “very quiet”. “Usually family members will comment on what is happening, not today.” Kurt lost his son Oscar, daughter-in-law and grandson. Sander van Luik said: “The terrible details read out by the court gave the relatives face.” When he heard the facts, he accurately calculated which chair his brother Klaas Willem was sitting on.
The court also cited investigations by Russian weapons manufacturers. According to the company’s experts, the damage to the aircraft indicated that the launch location and warhead were different from those mentioned in the investigation report. Russia has stated in the past that flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk aircraft launched by Ukrainian government forces from a position perpendicular to the flight path of MH17.
The reconstruction of what happened on the ground before and after the crash of Flight MH17 can be seen in the special feature below. Based on the experience of telephone conversations, how the four suspects-often scolding and ranting-did:
The court also quoted witnesses heard by the investigation team. Here they are called X48, M58 and S40. They saw the rocket when it was launched, or were able to describe the orbit. M58 is a fighter who belongs to the team of one of the suspects, Leonid Chartshenko. He described approaching Buk when he was shot. An inspection of his phone records showed that he was indeed at the scene of the fire.
M58 said he saw the rocket explode at an altitude of 10 kilometers near the plane. This is remarkable because it was cloudy that day. The court also questioned his statement: one time he said he was standing between trees, and in another statement he was on the scene. Witnesses said there was no fire after the launch, while other witnesses testified.
In this way, the court will review the entire file in the next few days. Starting tomorrow, the roles that the four suspects will play will be discussed in detail.
And today Emphasize The judge has repeatedly stated that they have not yet made any judgments about the contents of the files. They tell the procuratorate what they have submitted, and the judge’s decision will follow.