Black Boxes: MH17 Downed by 'Explosive Decompression'
Missile 'did what it was designed to do'
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 28, 2014 8:57 AM CDT
A pro-Russian rebel touches the MH17 wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine.    (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

(Newser) – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes have revealed that the plane was brought down by a "massive explosive decompression” after its fuselage was pierced by shrapnel from a missile explosion, a Ukrainian security spokesman tells the AP. "It did what it was designed to do—bring down airplanes," a European air safety official tells CBS News. The black boxes are being examined by experts in the UK. Britain’s Foreign Office says evidence is mounting that the culprit was likely a "Russian SA-11 surface to air missile system, operating from within a Russian-backed separatist area in eastern Ukraine," the Christian Science Monitor adds.

The Ukrainian foreign minister expressed doubts to CBS that the pro-Russian separatists believed responsible bought a "highly-sophisticated, anti-aircraft missile" on the black market, reports USA Today. "It's of course about responsibility of those (Russians) who bring also across the border all inflow of weapons and weaponry.'' Violent clashes around the crash site continue and investigators had to turn back today.

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Jul 28, 2014 5:51 PM CDT
Expansion of gases would be the correct term
Jul 28, 2014 4:25 PM CDT
And still nobody has the stones to confront Putin. Why are we wasting time and money on this??? I mean if we were going to hold someone responsible sure do the due diligence but since nobody will do squat so why bother? Complete and utter waste of time and resources...move on folks, nothing of importance to see here.
Jul 28, 2014 3:04 PM CDT
So who was responsible when the USA shot down an Iranian airliner?