You have been Bonanzaed #3: desinformation about wreckage not part of reconstruction

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In a serie of blogposts I will show how Yana Yerlashova, a former Kremlin funded RT journalist, and  Dutch blogger Max van der Werff present all kind of nonsense on MH17 with the intention to spread disinformation. They use their company or label Bonanza Media for this. Hence the ‘You have been Bonanzaed’ like in ‘You have been fooled’. This is example 3.  The whole serie of examples of nonsense by this duo can be read here.

One of the items in the documentary is about the wreckage. The voiceover of Yana Yerlashova suggests the Dutch authorities were not interested in collecting the wreckage. Only after four months the recovery started. The reason for this is there was intense fighting in the area. Both Ukraine armed forces and the Russian backed separatists started to shoot at eachother with all kind of weapons including rockets some days after the shotdown. It was not safe to be in the area for months. Additionally the Dutch did not want to negotiate with the separatists who controled the crash site. This had to be done using the OSCE as an intermediate.

Yerlashova says that a lot of the debris was left behind. She fails to explain why debris is still at the crashsite. The Dutch Safety Board recovered only the relevant wreckage which was usefull to find the cause of the crash. Other debris like parts of the rear of the aircraft, seats and other interior items were left behind and were stored in sheds. These parts are to be destroyed. Some parts were collected by farmers and left on their courtyard.

Some parts were  used for propaganda purposes. The same happened to human remains. A few pieces of debris were taken from a location where debris was stored and then placed near a road by the Kremlin funded RT crew lead by Yana Yerlashova.

I documented this in this blogpost. The local mayor refused to take over the debris because he was aware this ‘finding’ was staged by the RT crew. The mayor was removed from his office later by the separatists leaders because he was not supporting the separatists.

Yerlashova stated in the documentary “these part have been in the Netherlands for a long time now but they have never been placed on the layout (the reconstruction) of MH17. ”

Yerlashova suggests the Dutch deliberately did not want to show these debris on the reconstruction. Which is nonsense.

The Dutch Safety Board wrote in the final report presented to the public at October 13 2015 about the wreckage found by RT:

These pieces of wreckage came from the upper left side of the cockpit. Two of these pieces were received in Ukraine on 30 September 2015 and the last piece was received on 3 October 2015. On 8 October these
three pieces arrived at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. The Dutch Safety Board has assessed these pieces in the same manner as all the other pieces of wreckage.

DSB showed the debris RT “found” to the media at October 13 as photos show. There was likely not enough time to document the pieces, investigate them and place them on the reconstruction frame.


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