Ukraine: Malaysian Airlines flight crashes, killing 295
Malaysian Airlines report Facebook
“Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.
Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777 departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.10 am (Malaysia local time) the next day.
The flight was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew onboard.”
The aircraft had flown through Ukraine airspace and was within minutes (40KM) of leaving Eastern Ukraine and entering Russian airspace.
Main crash site South of Hrabove (Mouseover for photo). Map
The Ukraine government reports that the aircraft disappeared from radar at an altitude of 10,000m. Photos show that tail of the aircraft is separated from the main crash site. Dmitry Lovetsky, an Associated Press journalist, reports “The plane appeared to have broken up before impact and the burning wreckage — which included body parts and the belongings of passengers — was scattered over a wide area.” The AP journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the crash site near the rebel-held village of Hrabove in eastern Ukraine, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border. More Reuters reports that the black boxes from the crashed airliner have been found.
Missile trail photo uploaded to Facebook by Anton Gerashchenko
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, posted photos of a missile launcher and missile trail to Facebook with the claim “A civilian airliner travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has just been shot down by a Buk anti-aircraft system.
“DONETSK, July 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Militiamen of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) brought down a military transport Antonov-26 (An-26) plane of the Ukrainian Air Force on the outskirts of the town of Torez, eyewitnesses said. A missile hit the An-26, it fell on the ground and caught blaze, they said. On July 14, militiamen of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic downed another An-26 of the Ukrainian Air Force.” More
Intercepted communications between Col. Vasyl Mykolaiovych Geranin of Russia’s main intelligence unit (GRU) and pro-Russian militants in the area appear to confirm that the aircraft was shot down by militants who believed they were targeting a military plane. The Buk missiles had been seized by self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) from (Ukrainian) surface-to-air missile regiment A1402 hours before the firing. Watch
- Igor Bezler (militant): “We have just shot down a plane. That was Miner’s group. It fell down outside Enakievo.
- V. Geranin (Russia): “Pilots? Where are the pilots?”
- Bezler: “Set off to search for the shot down plane and take the pictures of it. A plume of smoke is visible.”
- Geranin: “How many minutes ago?”
- Bezler: “About 30 minutes ago.”
- “Major” (militant) to “Grek” (militant): so these were “those from Chernukhinsk who shot down the plane. From Chernukhinsk check-point cossaks that are nearby Chernukhino.”
- “Major”: “The plane broke into pieces in the air, close to Petropavlovskaya (coal) mine. There is the first two-hundredth (dead), we have found the first two-hundredth. It’s a civilian.”
- “Grek”: “How are things going there?”
- “Major”: “Well, we are 100% sure that it was a civilian plane.”
- “Grek”: “Are there a lot of people?”
- “Major”: “F*ck! The debris was falling straight into the yards.”
- “Grek”: “What plane is that?”
- “Major”: “I haven’t figured it out yet. I haven’t got close to the main wreckage. Now I’m standing nearby the place where the first bodies started falling … here are remnants of internal brackets, chairs, bodies.”
- “Grek”: “Are there any weapons?”
- “Major”: “Nothing at all. Civilian belongings, medical scraps, towels, toilet paper.”
- “Grek”: “Are there any documents?”
- “Major”: “Yes. One belonging to a student from Indonesia. From Thompson university.”
- Militant to Cossack military leader Mykola Kozitsyn: “As to this plane shot down nearby Snezhnoe-Torez. This turned out to be a passenger one. It fell down outside Hrabove (Grabove). There is a whole lot of bodies of women and children. Cossacks are now looking around there … On TV ITAR-TASS they say it is a Ukrainian AN-26, a transport plane. But the writing says ‘Malaysian Airlines’. What was it doing over the territory of Ukraine?”
- Kozitsyn: “Well then it was bringing spies. Why the hell were they flying? This is a war going on.”
Cossack Kozitsyn Mykola Ivanovych
And now … it’s spot the difference time
One of these two aircraft is a military Antonov AN-26, and the other is a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777. For 298 civilian lives, the question is: which is the Antonov AN-26?
Other shoot-downs of large civilian aircraft
- 1 Sep 1983: Korean Airlines Flight 007, Boeing 747, shot down by the Russian Airforce. 269 killed. The aircraft was mistaken for a military aircraft. Video documentary
- 3 July 1988: Iran Air Flight 655, Airbus A300, shot down by US Navy destroyer Vincennes. 290 killed. The aircraft was mistaken for a military aircraft. Video documentary 1/3 Part 2/3 Part 3/3
Ukraine government request
“The (Ukraine) government insists that a comprehensive international investigation into the crash of an Armed Forces An-26 aircraft downed in Luhansk region on July 14, the crash of an Armed Forces Su-25 aircraft downed in Donetsk region on July 16, and the crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 [on July 17] be conducted with the participation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL).” More
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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report: Week to 12 Jul 2014
“In the week ending July 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 302,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 304,000 to 305,000. The 4-week moving average was 309,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 2, 2007 when it was 307,500. The previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 311,500 to 312,000.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent for the week ending July 5, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 5 was 2,507,000, a decrease of 79,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since June 30, 2007 when it was 2,501,000. The previous week’s level was revised up 2,000 from 2,584,000 to 2,586,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,559,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since October 20, 2007 when it was 2,544,500. The previous week’s average was revised up by 750 from 2,571,250 to 2,572,000.”
U.S. Employment and Training Administration, “Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report – Week to 12 Jul 2014“, 17 Jul 2014 (08:30am) More
New residential construction (permits, starts, completions – Jun 2014
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 963,000. This is 4.2 percent (±1.5%) below the revised May rate of 1,005,000, but is 2.7 percent (±1.8%) above the June 2013 estimate of 938,000.
Single-family authorizations in June were at a rate of 631,000; this is 2.6 percent (±1.4%) above the revised May figure of 615,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 301,000 in June.
Privately-owned housing starts in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000. This is 9.3 percent (±10.3%)* below the revised May estimate of 985,000, but is 7.5 percent (±14.4%)* above the June 2013 rate of 831,000.
Single-family housing starts in June were at a rate of 575,000; this is 9.0 percent (±10.1%)* below the revised May figure of 632,000. The June rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 305,000.
Privately-owned housing completions in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 789,000. This is 12.0 percent (±8.3%) below the revised May estimate of 897,000, but is 3.4 percent (±11.6%)* above the June 2013 rate of 763,000.
Single-family housing completions in June were at a rate of 586,000; this is 6.5 percent (±9.4%)* below the revised May rate of 627,000. The June rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 198,000.”
US Census Bureau, “New residential construction (permits, starts, completions – June 2014“, 17 Jul 2014 (08:30am) More
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