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Experts: Whoever brought down Malaysian jet had extensive training
Experts: Whoever brought down Malaysian jet had extensive training

Whoever fired the surface-to-air missile that brought down a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine would have needed extensive training to execute the mission, according to military experts. Taking down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, traveling about 600 mph at an altitude of 33,000 feet, required vastly more expertise than, say, firing a shoulder-braced rocket-propelled grenade at a slow-moving helicopter. A crew of at least four would have been needed to accurately fire the truck-mounted Russian-made SA-11 missile, also known as a Buk missile system. "You’ve got to have people who are technically competent," said retired Army Maj. Gen. Stephen V. Reeves, who served as an...

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