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By Doug Herlihy
For the Sentinel 

The felling of Flight 17


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URDER IN THE SKY: According to increasingly mounting evidence, Malaysia Flight 17 was downed by a Russian rocket that exploded near the plane, shredding the cockpit and forward fuselage with shrapnel.

Editor's note: Longtime aviator and Goldendale resident Doug Herlihy is renowned globally for his expertise in dealing with aircraft crashes. He was in Europe recently examining information related to the downing of Malaysia Flight 17.

Investigator's comment: Examining the facts, flight circumstances, wreckage parts, communications, and human contributions in any aviation tragedy is always a scientific exercise to solve a puzzle and find cause. Finding the cause of an accident leads to making recommendations to keep the accident from happening again. In the current age of better airplanes, realistic simulator human training, GPS-supported air traffic control (ATC), and both on-board and g...

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