MH17 black boxes handed over to Dutch Safety Board

The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder of MH17 - the 'black boxes' - have been handed over by Malaysian experts to the Dutch Safety Board (OVV), which is leading the international investigation. Representatives of the Malaysian authorities and the Dutch Safety Board signed an official transfer agreement to this effect at Kyiv airport on Tuesday evening.

The black boxes will be taken to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Farnborough, Britain, where the data will be downloaded for analysis as part of the international investigation of the disaster. Experts from a number of countries - including OVV experts - will accompany the black boxes to Farnborough to assist in the investigation.