Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

  on July 22 2014 11:37 AM
  • Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
    Senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai (centre R) gestures as a rebel (L) places the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on a desk, during their handover to Colonel Mohamed Sakri (R) of the Malaysian National Security Council, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as Borodai handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT DISASTER CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  • Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
    Senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai (C) speaks during a handover of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17's black boxes to Colonel Mohamed Sakri (R) of the Malaysian National Security Council, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as Borodai handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT DISASTER CIVIL UNREST)
  • Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at a news conference where he announced that two black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be handed over to Malaysia by Ukrainian rebels, in Kuala Lumpur July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris(MALAYSIA)
  • Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
    A pro-Russian separatist shows members of the media a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, before its handover to Malaysian representatives, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as Aleksander Borodai handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT DISASTER CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  • Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
    A member of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry walks near parts of the wreckage at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS TRANSPORT)
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The black boxes or flight recorders of downed Malaysia Airlines MH17, an essential electronic recording device placed in an aircraft that would greatly facilitate investigations in the event of an aviation accident or incident, are finally in the hands of Malaysian authorities.

On Monday, or four days after the fateful crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17, rebels in eastern Ukraine led by Alexander Borodai, the self-styled prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, finally turned over the two flight-data recorders at a meeting in the city of Donetsk.

The head of the Malaysian delegation noted the "good condition" of the black boxes, which will help identify the exact time, altitude and exact position of the aircraft the time it was shattered by a surface-to-air missile. It should also contain the cockpit voice recorder, which could provide additional clues on the cause of the crash.

Regardless of the cause, flight recorders or black boxes are required to be capable of surviving the conditions likely to be encountered in a severe aircraft accident. The European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment-ED-112 required that the devices should be manufactured to withstand an impact of 3400 G-force and temperatures of over 1,000 °C (1,830 °F).

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Borodai reiterated in the press conference that the downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 and the death of all its 298 passengers should be blamed on the Kiev government which had "both the technical ability and the motive" to bring down the plane.

Rebels likewise announced in the same meeting the implementation of a ceasefire within the 10km radius around the crash site to enable international investigators safely access the vast area where the Malaysia Airlines flight was downed.

Earlier, recordings of rebel leaders coordinating a ground search for the vital black boxes were released by Ukraine's security services. They allegedly heard the rebels zealously working to get the devices first before international experts get to them. Once they have the device, it would be turned over to Moscow.

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The rebels denied the authenticity of the recordings (here).

Another video here.

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