A Malaysian air crash investigator (R) inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Rozsypne, Donetsk region, July 22, 2014. A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
More than four months after the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously disappeared on March 8 after it left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, until today, various theories regarding the incident continue to swirl, with not one proven to be correct or dispelled.
Such could also be the fate of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 which left Amsterdam airport on July 17 and never reached Kuala Lumpur following it being hit by a missile that caused the jet to crash.
Speculations likewise swirl regarding the Boeing 777, including one conspiracy theory originated in Russian that the missing and the crashed jets are one and the same jet. That MH 370 and 17 are the same jets that the U.S. military arranged for a second flight filled with dead bodies to be hit by a missile while flying over eastern Ukraine.
Business Insider, which reported that conspiracy theory, noted that it does not circulate among legitimate news agencies in Russia, but Russian TV is pointing to a the U.S. as the one responsible for the mishap. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his statement on Sunday, insisted the tragedy would not have happened if military operations were not resumed in eastern Ukraine.
The article quoted a Russian language professor as saying that the conspiracy theory is part of government brainwashing reinforced by lack of alternative sources of news in Russia and the push to have citizens believe that their country is still in the era of superpowers and Russia is one of them.
In turn, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that Russia is supporting the separatists who are being blamed for firing the missile that hit the jet. He pointed to U.S. and Ukrainian intelligence and social media reports that pinpoint the responsibility over the death of the 298 people on board MH 17 to the separatists.