by Scott Creighton
Two reports that at first seem to conflict with each other tell an interesting story in the case of the downing of Metrojet Flight9268.
First, from CNN:
Forensic experts trying to identify the 224 victims from the crash have divided the types of trauma into two categories: injuries from the fall, and injuries that align with an explosion — such as metal pieces in bodies, the St. Petersburg news outlet Fontanka reported.
Second, from the Telegraph:
Our correspondent Roland Oliphant in St Petersburg writes:
“Preliminary tests did not reveal traces of explosive on the bodies of those killed,” a Russian source inside the centre carrying out forensic tests on the remains told Tass late last night.
So what does this mean?
It means there appears to be at least a few bodies, supposedly located near the rear of the plane, that show signs of trauma induced by shrapnel which could have come from an explosion, but seem to have been far enough away from the explosion, or shielded from it, so as not to get residual traces of the high explosives on them.
That could mean it was in the luggage compartment or it could mean it was outside the aircraft itself.