Russia could face wrath in wake of MH-17 crash - FOX 13 News

Russia could face wrath in wake of MH-17 crash

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Spend time in Peter Repak's flight simulator, and it's hard to fathom how the routine becomes so bloody.

"(In flight), you have no boundaries, you are at 36,000 feet in the sky, you feel that you are fully and completely safe," Repak described.

He took us off from the same Amsterdam airport as MH-17 and flew us over the Eastern Ukraine on the way to Kuala Lumpur.

"As a pilot, you do everything you can possibly do, in your powers, to make it home," Repak said.

Real images show what happened next.

USF Russian specialist Darrell Slider says it appears that rebels used Russian anti-aircraft systems to down the jet.

They likely thought it was a military transport plane.

"On social media they even gloated about it, just before they announced it was a passenger plane," said Slider. "Then they removed it from social media."

Russia could face consequences, depending on how the sophisticated weapons wound up in the hands of a group bent on retaking Eastern Ukraine.

Russia is already muddying the waters by blaming Ukrainian forces.

Without a definitive investigation, it will be hard to pressure Russia to back down.

"I saw film on Russian television of the site of the crash. There was no attempt to rope it off," said Slider. "There were reporters running around and picking stuff up."

It all makes flight simulators suddenly simplistic. You can calculate a flight, but not the impact of a crash.

"That's not going to be something you can prepare for," said Repak. "Missiles are missiles."


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