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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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Timeline of incidents leading to Ukraine plane crash

Debris from the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that crashed last night killing 298 people. Credit: Reuters
  • May 26: Rebels in eastern Ukraine shoot down a government military helicopter during heavy fighting around Slovyansk, killing 12 soldiers. Acting Ukrainian president tells parliament that rebels used a portable air defence missile to bring down the helicopter.
  • June 24: Ukrainian government says a military helicopter has been shot down over a rebel-controlled area in Slovyansk.
  • July 14: A Ukrainian military transport plane is shot down along the eastern border with Russia, but all 8 on board managed to escape safely. Separatists claim responsibility, but Ukrainian officials blame Russia.
  • July 16: A Ukrainian air force fighter jet is shot down by a missile fired from a Russian plane, according to Ukraine's Security Council whilst pro-Russian rebels claims responsibility for strikes on two jets.
  • July 17: 298 people are killed after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashes, after apparently being shot down over eastern Ukraine.

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