Reports have confirmed that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was indeed shot down by a missile, which caused a 'massive explosive decompression', leading to the crash.
And it is now believed that the passengers would have died or lost consciousness within seconds and much before the crash.
The analysis of the black box recorders has found that MH17 was brought down by shrapnel that caused massive explosive decompression, according to The Independent, and Ukrainian security official Andriy Lysenko has revealed the results.
What is Massive Explosive Decompression?
A massive explosive decompression is a drop in cabin pressure. When this happens, there is generally a loud explosion, lots of debris flying around, condensation forming inside the aircraft, and the air temperature dropping to frostbite, according to ETurboNews.
The whole scenario is played out so fast that the lungs do not have time to equalize, the ear drums rupture, and the most importantly, the oxygen in the blood comes out of solution. Basically, any one involved in this situation will be unconscious, or dead within the first half second or so, the report adds.
Lysenko told the journalists in a news conference that the confirmation was made following the analysis of the black box. He stated that the fragments had come from a rocket blast.
The Dutch officials, however, felt that the announcement was "premature" as investigation on the flight recorder is still ongoing.
"I can't make a comment on what source Mr. Lysenko has. We don't want to confirm or say anything about the information on the black boxes right now; this in the best interest of the investigation itself," DSB spokeswoman Sara Vernooij said.
"We want to analyse [and] combine information of several sources before we bring out anything, so we can give a coherent view on the whole investigation.Bringing out fragmented pieces of information is not on behalf of the investigation," she added.
Towing on the same lines, a CBS News report had also blamed a missile attack for the crash. Citing unreleased data, the report claimed that the information from the black box - recovered from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 - show that the plane's fuselage was hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion.
"It did what it was designed to do," a European air safety official told CBS News, "...bring down airplanes."