MH17: Black box reveals Malaysia Airlines suffered


Data from the black box flight recorders of Flight MH17 show it was destroyed by shrapnel from a missile strike that caused a "massive explosive decompression", a Ukrainian official said yesterday.

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 Malaysia Airlines crash site and handing that information over to an investigation led by the Dutch Safety Board.

Dutch and Australian investigators were once again prevented from reaching the site of the disaster yesterday as fighting swirled nearby and the rebels' military chief denied any link to the tragedy.

The Guardian