Russian Radar Data Debunks Official MH17 Findings
Russian Radar Data Debunks Official MH17 Findings by Carol Adl – Your News Wire
The deputy chief of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has said that radars could not have failed to notice a projectile approaching Malaysian airlines Flight MH17, despite the claims by a Dutch minister.
Despite official findings, the lack of radar marks shows that nothing approached the plane from the east.
Flight MH17, with 298 passengers on board, crashed over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, amid an armed confrontation between the Ukrainian military, paramilitary forces, and rebels who rejected the armed coup in Kiev earlier in the year.
Western media immediately blamed for the tragedy on the rebels and ultimately, on Russia.
Last week, the Dutch government published a series of replies by Security and Justice Minister Stef Blok, who explained to a parliamentary commission why radar data provided by Russia did not show any objects approaching the MH17 flight, including a Buk missile.
The radar, according to Blok, could simply miss a missile. The minister compared the radar to a lighthouse, claiming that a missile could slip through during its “turn” and therefore leave no trace on Russia’s Utes-T air route radar system. Blok also claimed that the radar could not register such a relatively small object as a Buk missile.
“It is inappropriate to say that a radar station could miss the missile,” the head of Russian aviation regulator Rosaviatsia, Oleg Storchevoy, said Tuesday, commenting on the latest Dutch claims.
The Russian Utes-T air route radar system is able to detect far smaller objects than a Buk missile, according to Storchevoy, and while its turn time is 10 seconds, Utes-T could not miss any object approaching the plane.
“If a projectile was moving along the trajectory described in the version of ‘launch on a head-on course,’ as the Dutch party claims, its flight time would be about 35 seconds. Accordingly, the radar would register at least two or three clear ticks – the so-called echo-signals from an object, moving towards the plane,” the official added.