MH17 crash: Black boxes show plane suffered 'massive explosive decompression' following shrapnel hit

OWoN: First Black Box reports leaking out.




Dutch authorities have criticised Ukraine for releasing information 'too early' and say they do not know how Ukrainian officials obtained the data

The Independent
By Natasha Culzac
28 July 2014

Flight MH17 was brought down by shrapnel that caused “massive explosive decompression,” analysis of the black box recorders has found.

The results, given today by Ukrainian security official Andriy Lysenko, have, however, left Dutch officials stunned as they did not expect the "premature" announcement.

Mr Lysenko told a news conference that the fragments had come from a rocket blast.

His source however, is under scrutiny after the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) confirmed they did not give the information to Ukraine.

DSB spokeswoman Sara Vernooij told The Independent: "I can’t make a comment on what source Mr. Lysenko has.

"We don’t want to confirm or say anything about the information on the black boxes right now; this in the best interest of the investigation itself.

"We want to analyse [and] combine information of several sources before we bring out anything, so we can give a coherent view on the whole investigation.

"Bringing out fragmented pieces of information is not on behalf of the investigation."

The board, which is leading the investigation, had been expected to release its initial findings on 1 August.

It did not question the veracity of Mr Lysenko's claims but suggested that the early release of the information was not in the interest of the investigation.

Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) was tasked with retrieving important data from the recovered flight recorders.

It comes as a senior UN diplomat claims that the downing of MH17 could “amount to a war crime.”

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights today called for an immediate and wide-ranging investigation into the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane.

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