(Hotair) It took a while for EU investigators to get the black boxes from Malaysia Air 17 back fron Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, and for good reason. According to CBS News, the plane experienced "massive explosive decompression" while cruising normally at 33,000 feet — exactly what one would see in a surface-to-air missile attack:
Unreleased data from a black box retrieved from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine show findings consistent with the plane’s fuselage being hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.
"It did what it was designed to do," a European air safety official told CBS News, "bring down airplanes."
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The official described the finding as "massive explosive decompression."