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Black Boxes: MH17 Downed by 'Explosive Decompression'

Black Boxes: MH17 Downed by 'Explosive Decompression'
Posted July 28th, 2014 @ 9:42am by Shelley Hazen, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes have revealed that the plane was brought down by a "massive explosive decompression” after its fuselage was pierced by shrapnel from a missile explosion, a Ukrainian security spokesman tells the AP. "It did what it was designed to do—bring down airplanes," a European air safety official tellsCBS News. The black boxes are being examined by experts in the UK. Britain’s Foreign Office says evidence is mounting that the culprit was likely a "Russian SA-11 surface to air missile system, operating from within a Russian-backed separatist area in eastern Ukraine," the Christian Science Monitor adds.

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