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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'Separatist missile' downed MH17, US claims

An SA-11 'Buk' missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine was responsible for the downing of flight MH17, the United States believes.

A Russian 'Buk' missile is shown during the Russia Arms Expo 2013. Credit: Reuters

A statement from the US Embassy in Kiev read: "Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the border from Russia into Ukraine."

"We also have information indicating that Russia is providing training to separatist fighters at a facility in southwest Russia, and this effort included training on air defense systems."

The statement added that information - including social media posts by separatists and intercepted phone communications - indicated that separatists had claimed responsibility for the attack.

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