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  • 24 July 2014, 5:10

MH17 Crash: Second Black Box To Be Examined

Investigators are expected to begin examining a second black box from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane today.

An international team working in Hampshire has already carried out an analysis of the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board, including 10 Britons.

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) said an examination of the flight data recorder (FDR) will get under way today.

It said: "This will show whether this recorder also contains relevant information, in which case the data from both recorders will be combined."

No manipulation of the damaged CVR was found, and its memory module was intact.

"Following the examination, the CVR data was successfully downloaded and contained valid data from the flight," the DSB said.

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

The information from the CVR could reveal whether the pilots were aware of a missile coming towards the Boeing 777-200, which had taken off from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and was bound for Kuala Lumpur.

What happened during the last few seconds of the flight could also be disclosed in any words the pilots were able to speak.

The FDR could give an indication of the differences in speed and pitch of the jet after it was hit.

EU envoys are due to meet later on Thursday to discuss which associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin could face sanctions if Moscow doesn't comply with European demands over Ukraine.

Pro-Russian separatists backed by Moscow have been blamed for the attack, although a US official said this week there was no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

Foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to add what British Prime Minister David Cameron called Mr Putin's "cronies" to the list of those being punished for their role in the crisis.

On Wednesday the first bodies from the flight arrived in the Netherlands, where the majority of the victims were from.

Forty coffins were unloaded from two military planes in Eindhoven.

Bells tolled throughout the country on what was a day of mourning for those who died.

The coffins were taken away in hearses to be identified, a process that could take weeks.