Air crash investigators have been able to download “valid” information from the flight MH17 black box cockpit voice recorder.
The Dutch Safety Board which is leading the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines tragedy said an international team of investigators, working in Hampshire, had conducted a thorough examination of the cockpit voice recorder (VCR) .
The board went on: “The CVR was damaged but the memory module was intact. Furthermore no evidence or indications of manipulation of the CVR was found.
“Following the examination, the CVR data was successfully downloaded and contained valid data from the flight.
“The downloaded data have to be further analysed and investigated.”
The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) added: ``A thorough analysis of the information obtained will take time, the results of this will be included in the investigation.
“Tomorrow the team will start the examination of the (black box) flight data recorder (FDR). This will show whether this recorder also contains relevant information, in which case the data from both recorders will be combined.”
The black boxes were delivered to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) headquarters in Farnborough earlier today.
As the first 40 bodies from the crash site arrived in the Netherlands, the AAIB and other experts began their examination of the boxes.
The CVR will have given them a recording of up to two hours’ conversation between the pilots.
The FDR will provide them with a record of how the plane’s multiple parts were operating and were being operated.