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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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'Increasingly likely' MH17 'shot down by separatists'

It appears "increasingly likely that MH-17 was shot down by a separatist missile" fired from near Torez, an area controlled by pro-Russian rebels, Downing Street said. A No 10 spokeswoman added:

While it is too early to be categoric about the cause of the disaster, the growing weight of evidence suggests that MH17 was shot down by a surface to air missile and that this was fired from near Torez, in territory controlled by the separatists.

This is backed up by claims made by separatist leaders on social media, and later removed, to have shot down an aircraft that they thought belonged to the Ukrainian military.

– Downing Street spokesperson

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