MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, is in good condition, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said Thursday.
"The cockpit voice recorder is in good condition," ICAO said in a statement. The experts from the organization are investigating the causes and circumstances of the tragedy. The statement also said that specialists were currently analyzing the device.
A study of the data recorded by the device is expected to be carried out Thursday. At the same time, the international specialists managed to successfully extract data from the CVR and will now analyze it.
On Wednesday, the MH17 flight recorders, known as black boxes, were delivered to the United Kingdom, where Air Accidents Investigation Branch specialists in Farnborough will study them. It is one of two labs in Europe that can extract data from flight recorders, with the other located in Italy. According to British officials, the deciphering process will take about two days.
The Dutch-led international team of 24 specialists, including Russian and Ukrainian analysts, will carry an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the MH17 catastrophe.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17 near the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, including 283 passengers and 15 crew members.
The Ukrainian government and militia have been trading blame for the alleged downing of the airliner, with independence supporters saying they lacked the technology to shoot down a target flying at altitude of 33,000 feet.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said that at the time of the crash, the Ukrainian military had at least 27 Buk surface-to-air missile systems capable of hitting targets at the attitude of up to 25,000 meters (82,000 feet).