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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People heading to Aids conference 'on board MH17'

A number of people heading to an international Aids conference were reportedly on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine.

The wreckage of flight MH17 is seen in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Several researchers were heading to the AIDS2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia.

"The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today," a statement on the organisation's website said.

"At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy."

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