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.

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Airline: Crashed plane had clean bill of health

Malaysia Airlines, which operated the plane which crashed in eastern Ukraine yesterday, said the aircraft had a "clean bill of health" and that all the communication equipment on board was functioning normally before it came down.

The B777-200 aircraft bearing registration no. 9M-MRD that operated MH17 on 17 July, 2014 had a clean maintenance record.

The aircraft’s last maintenance check was on 11 July 2014. The next check was due on 27 Aug 2014.

The maintenance was conducted at Malaysia Airlines’ hangar at KLIA. The aircraft had a clean bill of health.

The aircraft was manufactured in July 1997, and so had 17 years in service.

The aircraft had recorded 75322 hours with a total of 11434 cycles.

All communication system on the aircraft were functioning normally. The B777-200 uses the Rolls-Royce Trent-800 engine and has a 282 seat capacity.

– Malaysia Airlines

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