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Russian aviation expert to take part in decoding MH17 flight recorders

The investigation will be held in Britain

MOSCOW, July 23. /ITAR-TASS/. A representative of the CIS Interstate Aviation Committee will take part in the decoding of data from flight recorders of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jet, which crashed in a yet unclear incident in war-torn eastern Ukraine last Friday, the committee said Wednesday.

The investigation will be held in Britain.

Tuesday, July 22, an authorized representative of the committee joined investigation of the disaster as part of a special international commission set up by a resolution of the UN Security Council.

The statement said the Interstate Aviation Committee was fully supporting the resolution taking account of the important of a comprehensive, scrupulous and independent international investigation, in which the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) would have the leading role.

The committee called on foreign countries, international organizations and the international aviation community to pool efforts “for designing urgent practical measures to ensure the safety of civil aviation flights in the zones of armed conflicts.”

The Netherlands Council for Security said earlier an international group of experts authorized with conducting an investigation over the circumstances of the MH17 crash consists of 24 specialists from different countries, including Russia and Ukraine.

Fighters from self-defence units of the Donetsk People’s Republic handed two flight recorders from the misfortunate Boeing 777 to Malaysian experts overnight to Tuesday.

Colonel Mohamed Sakri, a member of Malaysia’s National Security Council, confirmed that they jet’s black boxes were in a good condition.

The Netherlands asked Britain to assist with the decoding of the black boxes. The latter were delivered there July 23.

Boeing 777 of Malaysia airlines that crashed in the Donetsk region while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur had 298 people aboard. A total of ten victims of the tragedy were British nationals.