First of all, I want to give my condolence to everyone who has been affected by the Flight MH17 disaster. When you want to go on a holiday, you book your flight, and you say goodbye to your loved ones, but you will never expect that your flight would get shot down by a missile.
In the history of flights, there have been a couple of incidents which are similar to the Flight MH17 disaster.
If we take a look from the year 2000, we are able to check down the following attacks on commercial flights.
In 2001, the Sibera Airlines flight 1812 crashed of the Black Sea after being hit by a S-200 surface to air missile.
Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 was shot down by a missile and crashed over the Black Sea on 4 October 2001, en route from Tel Aviv, Israel to Novosibirsk, Russia. The plane, a Soviet-made Tupolev Tu-154, carried an estimated 66 passengers and 12 crew members. Most of the passengers were Israelis visiting relatives in Russia. No one on board survived. The crash site is some 190 km west-southwest of the Black Sea resort of Sochi and 140 km north of the Turkishcoastal town of Fatsa and 350 km east-southeast of Feodosiya, Ukraine.
Nearly shot in 2002
On November 28, 2002, two shoulder-launched Strela 2 (SA-7) surface-to-air missiles were fired at a Boeing 757 airliner owned by Israel-based Arkia Airlines as it took off from Moi International Airport in Mombasa. The missiles missed the plane, and it landed safely in Tel Aviv.
On 22 November 2003, shortly after takeoff from Baghdad, Iraq, an Airbus A300B4-200F cargo plane owned by European Air Transport (doing business as DHL Express) was struck on the left wing tip by a surface-to-air missile. Severe wing damage resulted in a fire and complete loss of hydraulic flight control systems. Because outboard left wing fuel tank 1A was full at takeoff, there was no fuel-air vapour explosion. Liquid jet fuel dropped away as 1A disintegrated. Inboard fuel tank 1 was pierced and leaking.
On January 9, 2007, an Antonov An-26 crashed while attempting a landing at Balad Air Base in Iraq. Although poor weather is blamed by officials, witnesses claim they saw the plane being shot down, and a terrorist group has claimed responsibility. Thirty-four of the thirty-five civilian passengers on board were killed.
On March 23, 2007, a TransAVIAexport Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 airplane crashed in outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, during the 2007 Battle of Mogadishu. Witnesses, including a Shabelle reporter, claim they saw the plane shot down, and Belarus has initiated an anti-terrorist investigation, but Somalia insists the crash was accidental. All eleven Belarussian civilians on board were killed.
On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, flying to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, crashed near Donetsk in the eastern of Ukraine. All 282 passengers and 15 crew are reported killed when the plane crashed from roughly 10 kilometres altitude. Accusations are currently being made regarding the plane being shot down by one of the parties involved in the Ukrainian conflict.
Investigators looking into what happened to Flight MH17 will be able to make the exact same types of determinations as well. Because the wreckage is in plain sight — and not sunken in a body of water — they will be able to make those determinations very quickly and turn the investigation over to others who are more interested in who did it and tracking them down.
Casualties in Mh17