WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 – The black boxes from MH 17 have been reviewed and decrypted in Britain and Associated Press releases a video showing a possible scenario for the crash of MH17.
This possible conclusion is that the rocket did not necessarily hit the plane, but that shrapnel from an exploding missile peppered the aircraft’s thin outer covering, causing it to depressurize the plane, rendering passengers and crew unconscious.
The aircraft quickly descended, broke in half and crashed in the Ukrainian field, leaving a 15 kilometer debris field.
Following the release of the video, comments have ranged from “we know what happened, now what are we going to do about it?” to a more expansive “That conclusion is simply ignorant. The time of useful conscious at FL350, is 30-60 seconds. For a rapid depressurization, the time is approximately half that, or 15-30 seconds. It takes less than five seconds for an aircrew member to recognize a rapid depressurization and don the ever-present oxygen mask.”
“Furthermore, the aircraft is always trimmed or on autopilot while at cruising altitude. Thus, MH17 was not downed because the pilots lost consciousness during a rapid depressurization as the result of fragmentation from a missile warhead. It’s far more likely the fragmentation either killed or incapacitated them directly, severed key control systems, or otherwise creating a situation of uncontrollable flight.”