Wednesday 13 December 2017

MH17 probe shows crash caused by 'massive explosive decompression'

Dutch investigators examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (AP)
Dutch investigators examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (AP)
A convoy of hearses bearing the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, drive past international flags, flown at half-mast, as it leaves Eindhoven airport

Damien McElroy

Analysis of the black box flight recorders from a downed Malaysian airliner show it was destroyed by shrapnel coming from a rocket blast and went down because of "massive explosive decompression", a Ukrainian security official said on Monday.

Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council, told a news conference in Kiev the information came from experts analysing the recorders from the plane that came down in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on July 17.

British air accident specialists have been tasked with downloading the data from two black boxes recovered from the crash site and handing that information over to an investigation led by the Dutch Safety Board

A spokeswoman for the Dutch organisation said it hoped to release a comprehensive report on the black box by the end of the week.

In a statement last week, the body said it was making progress in accessing information.

"Following the examination, the cockpit data was successfully downloaded and contained valid data from the flight.

"The downloaded data have to be further analysed and investigated."

Kiev and the West accuse pro-Russian rebels of shooting down the plane. Moscow says the Ukrainian government is responsible for the crash, which killed all 298 people on board, including 193 Dutch and 10 from the UK.

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