This is so terrible. The passengers aboard flight MH17, which crashed last July killing everyone on board, may have been conscious for more than an entire minute as they fell through the sky after their plane had been hit by a missile.
When the missile hit Malaysia flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, it instantly killed the pilots in the cockpit, however, it is very possible that many passengers and crew members “remained conscious” during the minute-90 seconds that the plane was free falling, according to an official report. The flight, which pummeled to the ground in Russia after a missile tore through it, killed all 298 individuals on board, and though many would have died due to the pressure of the fall, the report’s newest findings detail the horrifying possibility that some may have remained conscious until the moment of impact.
“It cannot be ruled out that some occupants remained conscious,” read the report, which was released by the Dutch Safety Board on Oct. 13. This revelation actually contradicts earlier reports given to family members of victims at a previous press conference, in which they were told that their relatives had almost instantly died after the missile had hit the aircraft.
The report stated that the missile exploded mere inches from the cockpit, which killed the three pilots and tore off the front of the plane. This means that every other person on board died from causes other than the missile’s explosion, which included decompression, reduced oxygen levels, extreme cold, powerful airflow and flying objects.
Further detailing the horrific accident, the report, which was conducted over the 15 months since the nearly 300 people lost their lives, states that fragments from the missile were hitting the plane at 2,800-5,600 mph, “tearing off the cockpit,” causing a “pressure wave” throughout the plane less than a second later.
So sad. We are sending our thoughts to the victims’ families, who are surely still grieving this unthinkable tragedy.
— Casey Mink