MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – The Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) said Wednesday its expert will take part in retrieving and deciphering data from black boxes of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane.
"On 22 July 2014 an official representative of IAC joined the work of international commission on the investigation of the incident with Boeing 777 aircraft which was established after the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution and will participate in the reading of flight recorders “black boxes” data in the UK," the IAC statement says.
IAC is an organization overseeing civil aviation in Russia and a number of former Soviet republics, including Ukraine, where the Malaysian plane crashed last week, killing all 298 people on board.
Earlier in the day, MH17 black boxes were delivered to the United Kingdom, where they will be studied by Air Accidents Investigation Branch experts in Farnborough. It’s one of the two labs in Europe that can extract data from flight recorders. The second one is located in Italy. According to the UK officials, the deciphering process may take about two days.
The Dutch authorities-headed international team of 24 experts, including Russian and Ukrainian analysts, will carry an investigation into the circumstances of the MH17 catastrophe.
The Ukrainian government and militia have been trading blame for the downing of the airliner, with independence supporters saying they lacked the technology to shoot down a target flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet.
On Monday, the Russian military presented information that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter had been gaining altitude in the direction of the Malaysian plane prior to the catastrophe.