Monitors arrive by helicopter at plane crash scene

Pro-Russian separatists said they welcomed international and Ukrainian experts coming to the site of the downed Malaysian airliner, denying reports they were preventing a search and rescue mission.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a security and rights body, later said about 30 of its staff had arrived at the scene by helicopter.

A spokesman for the OSCE in Geneva said a "contact group" of diplomats from the body, Russia and Ukraine had met and spoken with separatist leaders by video link earlier.


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.