The story of Malaysian Flight MH17 is devastating, but a big move today will hopefully bring investigators closer to finding out what happened during the final moments of this tragic event. Pro-Russian rebels delivered the flight’s black box recorders to Malaysian officials on July 22, according to a report.
While the families of the almost-300 victims killed in the July 17 plane crash mourn their lost loved ones, examiners at the accident site now have more evidence to look at in hopes of finding out what REALLY happened to this plane. Read on for the details.
Malaysia Airlines Flight: Black Boxes To Reveal Tragic Last Moments Of MH17?
Malaysian officials finally have the black boxes from the flight, according to WAFB. A group of Pro-Russian rebels reportedly handed over the boxes, which will contain audio of the plane’s final moments, on July 22.
In a small glimpse of good news concerning this tragedy, an expert says it’s HIGHLY unlikely these black boxes could have been tampered with. They should provide much-needed intel about what occurred right before the plane — and all of its passengers — went down.
“You can’t go in and fool around with the data and move data points around,” Former Managing Director of the National Transportation Safety Board, Peter Goelz, explains to WAFB. “These are solid, secure devices. If there was any kind of attempt to alter them, investigators would know immediately.”
Malaysian Flight MH17: Families Mourn As Victim’s Bodies Are Returned
While investigators look into the black box data, the bodies of those on the flight are finally being transported away from the July 17 crash site. A train carrying 282 bodies of those who perished arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on July 22.
Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, explained that the bodies will be flown to Eindhoven, Netherlands, next to begin the identification process, saying:
“Preparations will be made in Kharkiv so that identification can be done in the Netherlands as well as possible,” he said. “As soon as some victims are ready to be transported, the plane will leave. After arriving in Eindhoven, the bodies will be taken to the Kaporaal van Oudheusden military barracks in Hilversum, around 100 kilometres (65 miles) away. As soon as a victim is identified first and foremost the family will be informed and no one else. That can take weeks or months.”
Our thoughts continue to be with the victim’s family and friends. What a terrible tragedy.
HollywoodLifers, we’ll continue to keep you updated with all of the latest-breaking news about this event.
— Megan Ross
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