Obama 'aware' of Malaysia plane crash reports

President Obama is said to be "aware" of reports of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane being shot down but could not confirm any of the details, a White House spokesperson said.

Mr Obama directed senior US officials to remain in close contact with Ukrainian officials about the downed plane, the spokesperson added.


Investigators to examine second black box from MH17

Air investigators are to examine a second black box which was recovered from flight MH17 today. The data could reveal if the pilots were aware of a missile coming towards the plane and what happened in the last few seconds of the flight if they were able to speak.