Malaysia Airlines plane crash: Video shows rescue workers recovering MH17 black box

Malaysia Airlines plane crash: Video shows rescue workers recovering MH17 black box

Written by Staff Writer

21 Jul, 2014 | 9:25 am

Video has emerged of rescue workers recovering what appears to be a black box flight recorder from the wreckage of MH17.

The footage recorded on Friday shows men wearing Ukrainian Emergency Ministry uniforms working in a wheat field in the village of Hrabove.

Walking away from emergency vehicles parked at a rural roadside, the men appear to conduct a co-ordinated search at the crash site.

One man is then seen walking across the field carrying an orange-coloured flight data recorder and handing it to a colleague.

Audio from another worker, who is not seen, can be heard saying “flight recorder”, in Russian.

The footage was released as separatist leader Aleksander Borodai said rebels were keeping what they presume are MH17’s black boxes in the eastern city of Donetsk, but would need experts to confirm that they were the plane’s flight recorders.

Borodai, self-styled prime minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told a news conference: “Some items, presumably the black boxes, were found, and they have been delivered to Donetsk and they are under our control.

“There are no specialists among us who could pinpoint the look of the black boxes, but we brought to Donetsk some technical items which could be the black boxes of the airliner.”

Another rebel official, Sergei Kavtaradze, said he thought there were two of the presumed black boxes.

Two hundred Ninety Eight (298) people, including 10 Britons, died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot out of the skies as it flew over eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Ukraine’s Emergencies Ministry said this morning that 196 bodies have now been recovered, after concerns were raised yesterday over how they had been treated at the crash site.


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