Malaysian Airlines: Were Russian Separatists Aiming at Another Target?

By Tanvi Acharya, Associate Editor, USDR

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by the Ukrainian rebels may have been an accident, according to Donald Mazzella. Former writer for Aviation Week, Mazzella spoke about the possibility of the attack being on another target in his interview with Kevin Price.

“This is my belief that when all is said and done, it will come out that it was fired in error, it was fired at another target and somehow acquired another one [the airline.] It doesn’t make sense for Ukrainian rebels to shoot down a passenger plane.”

When asked how he came to this conclusion, he said that the “supposition is based on various government and private sources.”

“It takes a long time to learn how to use an anti-aircraft weapon of this sophistication and I think [the rebels] didn’t get enough training and instead of locking on to what I suspect was a Ukrainian plane, it locked on to the airline or they didn’t know how to divert it. “

“That’s one of two or three explanation,” said Mazzella. “I believe that this is the most humane one to believe, that it was done in error. It’s the only explanation that makes sense. Why would you launch a missile of this sophistication? You certainly don’t want to use it against a lower-level aircraft.”

The missile used is said to be SAM or a surface-to-air missile.

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