Via Sputnik News agency…
A US surveillance satellite detected a heat flash over the Sinai Peninsula at the same time the Russian Kogalymavia airliner crashed on Saturday killing all 224 people on board, according to media reports.
The satellite’s evidence does not support the theory that the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, NBC News reported on Monday evening.
“The speculation that this plane was brought down by a missile is off the table,” the report quoted a senior US defense official as saying.
The official noted that US intelligence analysts believed the flash could have been a bomb exploding or a fuel tank detonating after an explosive blast, the report said.
The US satellite would have tracked the heat trail of any missile fired from the ground with its infrared detection equipment, but there was no indication at all of that, the report added.
If confirmed, the US reports would likely point investigators in the direction of a bomb, probably with a barometric trigger, being successfully smuggled into the cargo hold of the airliner when it was loaded at the Sharm el-Sheik airport in Egypt.
IS Sinai took credit for “destroying” the plane but it wasn’t immediately clear what the contention was in terms of just how the group went about sabotaging the flight. Subsequently, a series of analysts and commentators opined that there was simply no way the militants could have possessed the technology or the expertise to shoot down a plane flying at 31,000 feet, but as Kogalymavia put it, “a plane cannot simply disintegrate.”
In short, it seems as though something exploded, and while we can’t know for sure whether someone detonated on board or whether, as former NTSB investigator Alan Diehl told CNN, “final destruction” of the plane was the result of “aerodynamic forces or some other type of G-forces,” the circumstances are exceptionally suspicious especially given where the plane was flying and the current rather “tense” relationship between Moscow and Sunni extremists.
Now, the US has apparently ruled out the possibility that a projectile hit the plane but satellite imagery depicts a “heat flash” at the time of the crash which indicates “some kind of explosion on the aircraft itself, either a fuel tank or a bomb.”
And how about these astute comments made on Zerohedge regarding this tragedy and MH17…
LongMarch: So they could see the heat flash there, but not over the Ukies with MH-17?
They must think our memories are as short as their penises.
Save_America1st: I won’t believe anything until the DoD, WH, or Pentagram, posts an animated youtubes video rendition of exactly what they say happened and how Putin shot down his own passenger jet to blame it on ISIS. Then I’ll sleep better at night. 😉
Baby Bladeface: Amazing coincidence all US satellites eyes blinked at critical moment overlooking MH17 incident.
So told Psaki with veracity unquestionable…
philipat: And with Eastern Ukraine being a War Zone in which The US had an active interest, you can be sure that many different satellites were positioned right overhead. It’s perfectly obvious there has been a massive coverup wrt MH017. ATC transcripts never released (And a “disappearing” Spanish Controller), change of registered flight path to right over the Donbass, reduction of altitude by 2K Feet after already established at cruise altitude, perfectly round holes in the fuselage near the cockpit amongst other highly irregular matters.
You can be sure that The US has an accurate track of any missiles involved (Whether SAM or AAM) but it might, perhaps, not fit with the desired narrative?
It’s a shame that the Dutch, who are generally very decent people went along (You expect it from Australia). They must have been leaned on very hard and, of course, unlike Germany, they did get their Gold back!
bonin006: Probably means the USSA was not directly involved this time, so they don’t mind sharing some data.
philipat: Perhaps helping their ISIS friends take credit for an explosion on board?
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