Tuesday, July 2, 2019
From a question as asked by myself in a previous blog entry:
"Don't these missiles have some sort of self-destruct mechanism if they miss the intended target?"
Syrian SA-5 missile having missed the target continuing on course, hitting a hillside in Cyprus.
And the answer to the question is YES!
As per conversation with an acknowledged aviation authority:
"They are supposed to have both a command-initiated destruct mechanism as well as an auto destruct that self initiates when they fly a certain distance or time without hitting a target. Very unusual; probably a malfunction. The self and auto destruct mechanisms not only  prevent the missile from hitting one’s own civilians . . . but also to  prevent the technology from falling intact into enemy hands."
There you have it. In the nutshell. That this missile after missing the intended target either did not "command-initiated" or "auto destruct" apparently a violation of procedures and protocols.
A major malfunction. Both destructs failed! Hard to think so.