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Experts to Examine MH17 Flight Data

UK investigators are due to start examining a second black box flight recorder from downed flight MH17. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has downloaded "valid data" from the cockpit voice recorder (CVR). The AAIB in Farnborough will now examine the flight data recorder (FDR), which records technical information.

Two more planes carrying victims are due to arrive in the Netherlands later. All 298 people on MH17 died when it crashed in east Ukraine last week. Many of those travelling on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were Dutch. There were 10 Britons on board. Meanwhile, a pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine has said his forces do not possess the Buk missile thought to have downed the Malaysia airlines plane. 

The black boxes were transported to the UK after pro-Russian rebels handed them to Malaysian officials this week. The data recorder stores technical information on the performance of the aircraft. The other box takes down sounds such as pilots' voices and, potentially, an explosion.

The Dutch Safety Board, which is leading the investigation, said "valid data" had already been downloaded from MH17's CVR which will be "further analyzed and investigated". The board said: "The CVR was damaged but the memory module was intact. Furthermore no evidence or indications of manipulation of the CVR was found."

On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Department for Transport said data from the two devices would be downloaded and sent back to Dutch investigators.

Depending on damage to the black boxes the process should take about two days, the spokesman said.

All the bodies are being flown into Eindhoven and taken to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks, south of the city of Hilversum, for identification - a process that could take months. Forty coffins were received from two military planes in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base on Wednesday.

The Netherlands observed a national day of mourning for the victims. British accident investigators were tasked with retrieving data from the black box recorders following a request by authorities in the Netherlands. No evidence or indications of manipulation of the CVR was found” The British AAIB is one of only two "replay units" in Europe with the necessary equipment to listen to what has been recorded on the cockpit voice recorder. The other is in France. 
 Many observing the day of mourning in the Netherlands went to Schiphol Airport, where flight MH17 took off from, to lay flowers
The hearses left Eindhoven air base in a cortege, passed flags at half mast

Members of the Dutch royal family and Prime Minister Mark Rutte watched the coffins leave the planes

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