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Reports about crashed airliner’s flight recorders brought to Donetsk false - DPR

July 20, 2014, 16:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Several media reported earlier in the day that the flight recorders from the crashed airliner had allegedly been brought to the city of Donetsk
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MOSCOW, July 20, /ITAR-TASS/. Some media reports that flight recorders from a Boeing-777 passenger airliner crashed in east Ukraine had been brought to the city of Donetsk, the capital city of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, are false, Deputy Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic Andrey Purgin said live on Govorit Moskva (Moscow Speaks) radio on Sunday.

The Malaysia Airlines airliner en route from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in Donetsk region in the evening on July 17. All 298 people aboard the airplane died in the crash.

Several media reported earlier in the day that the flight recorders from the crashed airliner had allegedly been brought to the city of Donetsk.

“I will not comment on this. This information is made public six times a day. All this is untrue,” Purgin said.

Meanwhile the devices that could be flight recorders from a Malaysian airliner at the disposal of the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), spokesman for the republican prime minister and member of the republic’s Security Council Sergei Kavtaradze said on Sunday.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 passenger airliner on the flight from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in the area of hostilities between local militias and Ukrainian governmental troops in east Ukraine’s Donetsk region on Thursday, July 17. All 298 people aboard the airliner died in the air crash.

“They [presumed black boxes] are in an externally intact condition. They will be transferred to ICAO representatives at the time when they [representatives of the International Civil Aviation Organization] appear in the DNR,” Kavtaradze said in an interview with Life News TV Channel.

The DNR has no aviation equipment specialists and cannot say for sure that the devices found at the crash site are flight recorders from the wrecked airliner, Kavtaradze said.

The spokesman said the DNR authorities would transfer the devices only to ICAO representatives.

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