Explosives Found in Russian Jet Wreckage

This seems obvious but I still have some questions.

Explosives Found in Russian Jet Wreckage

MOSCOW — Traces of explosives have been found in the wreckage of one of two Russian airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously earlier this week, the Federal Security Service said Friday, a day after a top official acknowledged that terrorism was most likely behind the crashes.

A Web site known for militant Muslim comment, meanwhile, published a claim of responsibility for downing the two planes, connecting the action to Russia’s fight against separatists in Chechnya.

A spokesman for the security agency, Nikolai Zakharov, said on Russian television that preliminary analysis shows traces of “hexogen” were found in the shattered Tu-154 jetliner that crashed in southern Russia.

Hexogen is the explosive that officials said was used in the 1999 apartment bombings that killed some 300 people in Russia and were blamed on Chechen separatists.

I still doubt everything I hear from the region. Russian leaders have come out and said there were no signs of terrorism. They also said they found the black boxes within hours of the crash in a debris field more than 30 miles long. A pretty impressive feat if true.

Multiple witnesses report explosions while the plane was in the air. That can be discounted because people always claim they’ve heard explosions in mid-air even after investigations prove otherwise. Still, multiple people report 3 mid-air explosions, so it bears investigation. A 30 mile debris field is consistent with a mid-air explosion.

With the state of news in the region we may never get the full story.

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