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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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Ireland: Scale of plane crash tragedy 'overwhelming'

An Irish-born citizen was aboard the downed Malaysian airliner, Ireland's foreign ministry confirmed. In a statement, Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said that the government supported a "full" international investigation into the matter. He added:

On behalf of the Government and people of Ireland, I would like to convey deepest sympathies to her family, both in Ireland and in Australia, who have suffered this sudden and devastating loss.

The scale of this tragedy is overwhelming, particularly for the people of the Netherlands who lost more than 180 citizens. To their families, and to all those affected around the globe, we offer our heartfelt sympathies.

– Charlie Flanagan, Ireland's Foreign Minister

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