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Dutch investigators say data from MH17 black boxes intact

Dutch lead investigators into the MH17 crash said data from the cockpit voice recorder are intact, and had not been tampered with.

LONDON: Dutch experts involved in the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 said data from the cockpit voice recorder are intact, and had not been tampered with. The Dutch Safety Board said it was damaged, but the memory module was intact. It added that no evidence or indications of manipulation was found.

The plane's two black boxes on Wednesday (July 23) arrived in Britain for analysis. Experts said the data carried in the flight data recorders are crucial to the investigation.

Aviation expert Chris Yates said: "We hope that they give accurate time stamps as to the sequence of events prior to the aircraft hitting the ground. So from the voice recorder we're hoping that it may give us a recording of the explosion taking place, that's absolutely crucial in the investigation going forward, because we need to know, given that we have intelligence, we have to correlate that from the time the aircraft went down."

Western leaders said there is increasing evidence that pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine accidentally shot down the Malaysia Airlines aircraft using a missile. They have also accused Moscow of arming rebels in the area.

Britain's department of transport said it would take 24 hours to download the data from each black box and that will then be sent to international investigators for analysis.

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