The MH17 Pilot’s Corpse: More on the Cover-Up

Even His Family Was Blocked from It. Here’s Why.

Eric Zuesse

It might be the decisive piece of evidence proving who and what and how and why the MH17 Malaysian airliner over the conflict zone in Ukraine on 17 July 2014 was shot down, but the pilot’s corpse has been hidden even from the people who have the most right to see it.

The corpse of the pilot of the MH17 Malaysian airliner might contain in it bullets, or bullet-residues, that can prove a Ukrainian military jet intentionally fired into the pilot; or else it might contain only missile-shrapnel, which would be consistent only with the plane’s having been erroneously shot down by a ground-based missile such as the Ukrainian government says it was; but the Malaysian government has prohibited anyone to see it — not even his relatives, who are still trying to find out how and who murdered their loved-one and the 297 other people who were aboard that tragic plane on July 17th of 2014.

Until recently, the Malaysian government itself had had no access to the coroner’s report on the corpse: it was done by a Dutch coroner, in Holland.

The corpse has been hidden from everyone, and the Malaysian Government isn’t even being permitted, by the other four nations on the official investigatory commission, to say anything to anyone outside the commission — not even to the pilot’s family. The coroner’s report on the pilot’s body exists, but has been seen by no one outside of the now 5-nation investigatory commission. (The commission was originally just Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, and Ukraine, but Malaysia was recently added. The Dutch government heads the commission. The Dutch government had helped to install the current Ukrainian government, whose Air Force is a suspect in having possibly shot down the MH17 airliner. Netherlands, along with the U.S., and also along with George Soros’s International Renaissance Foundation, had funded Hromadske TV, which propagandized heavily for forcing the democratically elected Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, to leave his Presidency before the next election would be held, and which then propagandized Ukrainians heavily for the ethnic cleansing operation to get rid of the residents in Ukraine’s Donbass, the only area of Ukraine that had voted 90%+ for Yanukovych. So: the Dutch government had actually helped to install the current Ukrainian government — which might have shot down the MH17, and yet which is a member of the official ‘investigation.’)

This cover-up of what might be the decisive evidence in the MH17 case was revealed when Russian Television sent reporters last month to interview the pilot’s family.

See the brief Russian documentary interviewing the pilot’s wife here:

The pilot’s wife says, at 5:42 on the video, “We were not allowed to open” the coffin. Q: “Not allowed by who?” A: “Not allowed by the [Malaysian] government.” The existing four-nation team had required the Malaysian government to sign onto their secret 8 August 2014 agreement, in order for Malaysia to be allowed to join. This agreement says that Ukraine will have a veto-power over any report that the commission produces — and this veto-power is the reason why the ‘investigation’ continues dragging on. The now-five nation commission can’t yet produce a report that the Ukrainian government will sign onto.

Then, the interviewer in the documentary says that she had taken her camera-crew to the crash site two months after the plane’s downing, and says that they saw there, still in the field of grass, the pilot’s chair. This video at 6:21 shows it — its bare frame, because the padding had blown off. Here is the pilot’s chair:

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Those 30 mm round holes through it are bullet holes; they’re definitely not shrapnel holes, which are larger and very irregular (not at all round). Furthermore, the bullet-holes through the side-panel of the chair’s backrest are fairly head-on instead of at any steep angle; and, so, might have been from stray bullets among the gunner’s fusillade into the left cockpit-side that was focused around the pilot’s belly-area. This chair backrest is thus yet further evidence suggesting that the pilot’s corpse had bullets, or bullet-residues, in it.

For more background on the pilot’s corpse’s evidentiary importance to solving this crucial mass-murder case, see this. For my reconstruction of the evidence, and of where it points to regarding guilt and motive, see this.


On July 29th, Russia vetoed at the United Nations an attempt by the U.S. and its allies to transfer the MH17 investigation to a rigged UN commission that would be set up in order to enable the guilt for the cover-up to be transferred away from Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, and Ukraine, the four nations that set up the existing official corrupt ‘investigation,’ whose ‘findings,’ at this late stage, would be believed only by outright suckers in the West — and that number of people might not be enough now to protect the actual guilty parties in the case. Russia wants the guilty parties to bear the blame not merely for the mass-murder itself, but for the subsequent and ongoing cover-ups. If the official ‘investigation’ finds Russia and/or the people of Donbass to have perpetrated it, then Russia will presumably make public, evidence, which it has thus far withheld just in case America and its allies turn out to be that brazen. So, Russia might even be eager for that to happen. The official ‘investigation’ has already announced that its conclusions will be made public in October. Until then, the commission is doing everything they can to forestall, if not prevent, a scandal-squared, from resulting. (For example: if anything, Richard Nixon’s Watergate cover-up doomed him even more than the Watergate-crime itself did.)

Here are some of the typical ways the Western press have reported on Russia’s veto:

Russia threatens UN veto on Julie Bishop’s MH17 tribunal

Why Russia Vetoed the MH17 Tribunal

Russia says no to MH17 justice

Alternative solution needed for investigating loss of MH17: Russia’s Security Council veto means other means may be used to find those responsible

For some unexplained (though accepted-without-question by the Western press) reason, the Western powers aren’t satisfied for the official ‘investigating’ commission (though itself entirely Western until the recent addition of Malaysia to the commission)  to be blamed for producing the official ‘findings.’ Western leaders had wanted the UN to be blamed instead. Russia voted no on the Western proposal (which was fronted by Malaysia, on behalf of the West); China abstained (perhaps in the hope that the West won’t go after them, too).

The result is heightened fear within the official ‘investigating’ commission. On 3 August 2015, Russian Television headlined “Dutch Safety Board asks for RT’s assistance in MH17 probe after documentary,” and reported that:

The Dutch agency heading the international probe into Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine has contacted RT over the footage used in our recent documentary on the tragedy. RT’s documentary discovered fragments of the plane still in Donetsk.

The RT Documentary film, titled “MH17: A year without truth,” showed fragments of the crashed Boeing and pieces of luggage still scattered in the area at the time of filming. The RTD crew collected the parts of the plane’s exterior they spotted, bringing them to the administration of the nearby town of Petropavlovsk.

“With great interest we watched your documentary, ‘MH17: A year without truth,’” Dutch Safety Board spokesperson Sara Vernooij wrote to RT. “In this film, RT shows parts of the cockpit roof which were found near Petropavlivka. We would like to gather those pieces and bring them over to the Netherlands so the Dutch Safety Board can use them for the investigation and the reconstruction.”

On 17 July 2015, Rupert Murdoch’s Australian Courier-Mail published behind a paywall, and his The Australian republished open on their website, the complete transcript, plus video excerpts, of 17 minutes of video footage that had been taken by the independence fighters in Donbass at the wreckage site while the fires were still aflame on the fateful day, 17 July 2014; and this remarkable footage, never before made public, and published by a lifelong anti-Russian, shows the rebels’ “Commander,” trying to understand what he was seeing, and saying that there are two planes destroyed in the area, one a Malaysian airliner, and the other a Sukhoi fighter-jet, the latter from which had parachuted out five (or else two) people. Someone off-camera in the background is saying, “They decided to do it this way, to look like we have brought down the plane.” In other words: these people speculated immediately that the presence of the downed fighter-jet indicated that the Ukrainian authorities were trying to pin onto the rebels the blame for shooting down the airliner. Here is that link, and the relevant passages in the transcript itself:

“Full transcript: Russian-backed rebels ransack the wreckage of MH17 in shocking 17-minute video”

• JULY 17, 2015 12:01AM

• Video [just an excerpt, but the transcript is complete, only excerpts from which are reproduced here:]

Cmdr: Yes, there’s 2 planes taken down. We need the second.

Background: The second one is a civilian too?

Background: The fighter jet brought down this one, and our people brought down the fighter.

Background: They decided to do it this way, to look like we have brought down the plane. …

Cmdr: Let the firefighters extinguish the flames.

(Phone ringing)

Yes Kalyian. I understood you, but we’re already at the crash site. A passenger plane was brought down. They brought down the passenger plane and we brought down the fighter. …

Cmdr: The parachute jumpers are there.

Background: But there are two planes, from my understanding.

Background: And what’s the other one? A Sukhoi?

Cmdr: A Sukhoi.

The Sukhoi brought down the plane and we brought down the Sukhoi. …

I mean … the two pilots landed on parachutes.

(Phone ringing)

Cmdr: Yes, speak. I’m here, I’m in Grabovo. Right at the place. I’m not at the bird site, I’m in the field. I didn’t get there yet.

Cmdr: Five parachutes jumped off this plane. Five people jumped off this plane. … 

Of course, at that chaotic moment, everything was new, and so the assertions by those people (for example, as regards whether there were five parachutists, or only two) were uncertain. One early reader of this article, who looked at that video, made the following insightful observation: “Ironically, the Dutch wanted the piece of cockpit roof of the plane. That piece showed no bullet or shrapnel impacts – which in essence excludes a Buk missile. Buk missiles engage the target from above.” That’s entirely correct. So: Might the Dutch Safety Board actually have been trying to nail down a case so strong against Ukraine, as to now be negotiating with Ukraine Ukraine’s capitulation – the degree of guilt that Ukraine must sign onto in the final report? (Sort of like in a plea-bargain.) How could Obama (whose power stands above all of the nations on the commission) deal with such a situation?


It’s like the way the West handled the 2008 economic crash: extend-and-pretend. While Western leaders transferred their aristocracy’s investment losses onto future taxpayers and pretended that the enormous governmental debts that resulted from these ‘bailouts’ to the aristocracy won’t destroy the economic future for the public, no one can yet say with certainty that they were lying about that. As ridiculous as extend-and-pretend seems to be, no appropriate historical precedent exists to show with any near certainty that no way will be found for it to ‘succeed.’ Russia has apparently placed its bet that it won’t succeed, in regards to the MH17 case.

Russia’s game seems to be: In the short term, we’ll suffer contempt from the West’s suckers while Western leaders keep on doing this; but, the longer the West’s leaders do that, the worse the outcome will be for those leaders.

So: will that game on Russia’s part work? The precedents don’t look favorable:

After George W. Bush kept lying about “Saddam’s WMD,” and became exposed simply by none being found, did his extend-and-pretend on the truth there hurt his Republican Party? They extended the lie so far that even today most Republicans still think that WMD did exist there in 2002 and 2003, and they even think that WMD were subsequently found there — though none of that was at all true. Even in 2015, 51% of Republicans agree with the statement, “American Forces Found an Active Weapons of Mass Destruction Program In Iraq.” (32% of Democrats do. 46% of Independents do.) (40% of Republicans said it was “Definitely not true” or “Probably not true,” but yet even they continued  to label themselves as “Republican,” even after their own Party had deceived them for so long on such a crucial matter, which had produced America’s invasion of Iraq.) Despite such brazen lying, the Republican Party still has as many suckers as before. (And, in the Democratic Party, Barack Obama is still overwhelmingly supported, despite being now exposed, to all open-minded people, to be the best asset the Republican Party has had within recent decades.)

Extend-and-pretend can work for a very long time, indeed. Russia’s game could fail. But it might nonetheless be their best chance to win.

If the West’s game succeeds, then the entire world will fail as a result. If some power-group — here, the West’s aristocrats — can get away with lying, no matter how long they persist in it, they might as well own the entire world: the public are then just their slaves. The public might as well have no minds at all. Anyone who accepts a politician who has lied is either an aristocrat or an idiot. There are only a few thousand aristocrats in the world, but there are, it is clear, plenty of idiots — perhaps the majority of people — so that everyone else, the decent people, suffer constantly the many idiots who believe the few aristocrats. That combination is toxic to democracy.

The MH17 case started before the event itself, as Barack Obama’s desperate attempt to get the EU to agree to hiking the economic sanctions against Russia. It succeeded. Now the world is waiting to see what Obama’s long game is, and whether Putin’s long game (which is the only game he’s got) will beat it. Whatever the outcome, it’ll be interesting.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • nick quinlan

    The immoral US “government” is a bottomless pit of criminality, dishonesty, hypocrisy, and most of the members of this gang of sociopaths belong in prison for the rest of their lives.

  • Sister Jane

    Unless the Dutch Doctor who performed the autopsy of the pilot is high up in standing with his government or a staunch supporter of the present Ukrainian government. I would advise him to change his name and move quickly, they cannot afford loose ends in this agenda, what ever agenda it may be. One things for sure among countries, the insane run the insane asylum, and their agendas are always insane.

    • tom

      Yes. I suppose the pilot’s body will be safely cremated. Then only the report, and any people who actually saw the autopsy remain as loose ends.

      Mind you, an awful lot of people saw Building 7 still standing 20 minutes after the BBC reported that it had collapsed. No one has bothered to kill them.

      • Sister Jane

        Far removed from the topic at hand, has nothing to do with ALL the people who saw said event or events, and they want people to see all their evidence. It’s not that they saw the Building coming down, or saw the bodies of the dead from destroyed aircraft. Heck, the Party’s involved want you to see how horrible it all was, they want you to see the dead the fallen victims, the destroyed buildings, the destroyed aircraft, they just don’t want you to know the details, the facts, or the real truth of the whole story. It’s not that people saw the conclusions of long investigations, they encourage that, of course. In many cases their are witnesses and some who know some detailed facts, and in the 9/11 disaster there have been some strange deaths. Now as for the aircraft downing, face facts, the Nations involved with the downing of this aircraft are historically capable of committing some terrible things, they would think nothing for example of dropping a bomb on one man’s head to shut him up.

        Face facts, recently Banks have been caught doing some pretty bad things, and there also seems to be a rash of Dead Bankers, and patsy Banker criminals (no top Bankers implicated in much of anything.). Now I don’t know how the Bankers died really, I know some of the deaths were very suspicious, as were the Banks they worked for (The Banks activities in many cases were criminal.). Now back to the area where that plane was downed, all of the countries involved have conflicting agendas, and have a little conflict between them historically. So if the truth conflicts with the States Agenda and their agendas seems different, let’s not be naive, dead men tell no tales, they wouldn’t hesitate for a second to pop somebody off who knew a truth that would hurt their agenda. (Redundant, I realize.)

        So far I’ve seen my own Nanny State murder some fairly high up people openly and really recently. Victims include, Awlaki, Osama, Planes crashing with political officials on board dating way back, involving many Nations, drone strikes, etcetera. Now in many of these instances they could have brought these individuals to Justice and interrogated them on what they knew. Now if you look at it all logically and reasonably, you can see that somebody or some entity, did not want some of these individuals to talk, or at the very least Breathe, they cannot afford to have the Apple Cart turned over. However, when the Apple Cart does get turned over for all to see clearly, that’s when it is no longer in the Main Stream News. I liked the Osama assassination best probably because, he cannot be interrogated ever, one cannot even see the body because they got rid of it, lollol, can’t make this stuff up. Therefore no DNA or confirmation that Osama was Osama, more distractions, and manipulations, transparency is these forces enemy. When you cannot see what their voting on, when it seems like their not being forth coming with the facts or information, when it seems like it’s a cover up, or fabricated, or not even real, well if it looks like a horses ass, and it smells like a horses ass, you can pretty much bet it’s a horses ass.

        In summation, I didn’t say their going to knock off anybody in this conspiracy, it’s just that if I were the Doctor who did the Autopsy on the fly boy, I’d probably want to at least cover my ass, to make sure that nobody hurts me. Face facts, they have the aircraft parts, they know if it was a missile or a automatic gun that brought down the aircraft, it kind of reminds me of TWA Flt. 800, it smelled like a cover up then and it still stinks to this very day. Maybe it was because of the FBI involvement, where ever they go, WTC (93 and 01), Oklahoma, Flt 800, the Waco Siege, even the Boston Marathon bombing, the investigations are always unclear and totally non transparent, couldn’t possibly be because it all has something to do with the Nanny State and it’s System, that requires constant never ending Controls?

  • s. zorin

    This is ridiculous,
    A – 5 people cannot parachute out of Sukhoi fighter-bomber.
    B – The area was controlled by the pro-Russian frorces, that means the alleged parachuted people were captured. Where are they ? Why doesn’t Russia show them to tne world to prove its case ?
    C – The same goes for the wreckage of the alleged Sukhoi jet, the Rusians controlled the wreckage sight and surely they must have collected the Sukhoi pieces, if they are not total idiots, to prove their version of the event. Where are the pieces ? Why they have not been shown to the world ?

    • cettel

      Elsewhere, it said that two had parachuted.

      • s. zorin

        Quote from the intercepted transmission, a “commander” claims :
        “Cmdr: Five parachutes jumped off this plane. Five people jumped off this plane. …”

      • tom

        Two cannot parachute out of an SU-25; it’s a single-seater aircraft.

  • oddie

    was Murdoch’s Wall St Journal accusations last month – furore has already died down it seems – a warning to Malaysia to keep mum on MH17 or expect further allegations?

    Malaysia’s prime minister denies embezzling 1MDB funds
    A Wall Street Journal report said Malaysian investigators found close to $700 million was wired from banks, government agencies and companies linked to 1MDB into what they believe were personal accounts of Najib…

  • Max van der Werff

    “The pilot’s wife says, at 5:42 on the video” – must be “pilot’s sister”.


    That the Western Powers, including NATO, have in their possession the satellite imagery, technical data and radar signatures which categorically locates exactly where in the eastern Ukraine the missile was fired from which took down MH17. The unique signatures, in particular, also identify the precise type of missile.
    Jul 18, 2014 Exclusive VICE News Footage of MH17 Aftermath
    July 17, 2014, a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying 298 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine — allegedly by pro-Russia separatists. Residents in the area described bodies falling from the sky and landing in their own backyards.

  • Gerry1211

    Having been born, raised and educated in the Netherlands I am embarrassed and infuriated at the Dutch Government’s catering to American pressure and engaging in obfuscation and downright disinformation.
    Since Russia has, from the beginning, publicized their radar and satellite images it is about time the U.S., who too had a satellite over the region, shows THEIR imagery. The fact that they have not done so seems to indicate that it does not reflect what it has claimed from day one. So now their aim is to suppress.

    It seems to me that either the U.N. or an international court could force the Dutch Coroner to provide a report on its findings.

    Many thanks for keeping this issue alive.

  • there is only one mistake: never passes above the civil aircraft of war zones especially today when weapons easily reach the wrong hands