MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - Experts have successfully transferred data from the Flight Data Recorder of the Malaysian passenger plane that crashed last week in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) said on Thursday.
The international investigation team comprising 24 experts, led by the DSB, continued the work on the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder today. The work took place at the Farnborough headquarters of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in the United Kingdom.
"The international investigation team has conducted a thorough examination of the Flight Data Recorder. The Flight Data Recorder was slightly damaged but the memory module was intact," the DSB said on its website.
"Furthermore, no evidence or indications of manipulation of the recorder was found. Following the examination, the data was successfully downloaded and the Flight Data Recorder contained valid data of the flight," the safety authority concluded.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board, including 192 Dutch nationals, died in the crash.
The two black boxes were recovered by Ukrainian independence supporters from the crashed Boeing and given to Malaysian authorities earlier on Monday. They were then sent to the Air Accidents Investigations Branch in southern England for comprehensive analysis.
Kiev authorities and self-defense forces have been trading blame for the downing of the plane, with independence supporters insisting they had no technology to shoot down a target flying at an altitude of nearly 33,000 feet.