Frans Timmermans, the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands has said that at least one of the many who died on the downed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 may not have been killed upon impact. The evidence for this was that one of the passengers was wearing an oxygen mask.
There has been a widely held belief that all passengers died instantly as the plane was hit with a missile. This new evidence brought forth by Khaled Shaheen perhaps suggests that that was just wishful thinking. The original theory was that the aircraft quickly disintegrated and was struck by many “objects” which “pierced the plane at high velocity.”
Pro Russian rebels in Ukraine have been blamed for bringing the aircraft down. However, they continue to deny this allegation.
During a speech about the crash to the Security Council, Timmermans reflected on the fear and anxiety that the passengers must have experienced “when they knew the plane was going down.” He even speculated that perhaps the passengers had stared at each other “one final time, in an unarticulated goodbye.”
Mr Timmermans was recently quizzed about whether or not he was guilty of giving the public a false impression of what really happened during the incident. Timmermans, while admitting that it was unlikely that the passengers were aware they were about to be struck by a missile, still contended that they had discovered a body wearing an oxygen mask, suggesting they were conscious long enough to put them on.
The issue of the oxygen mask has not been included in any official reports, and has not been given consideration.