Warhead That Downed Flight MH17 Will Have Left Widespread Traces

Warhead That Downed Flight MH17 Will Have Left Widespread Traces

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A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 sits in a field near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk. Different engagement angles between the missile and plane would produce identifiable patterns of damage, according to Jane’s, with a perpendicular attack producing a spread across almost the entire aircraft body, whereas a head-on engagement would result in a near-vertical swathe of shrapnel.