Malaysian PM Najib brokered a deal with self-proclaimed leader of the Donetsk People's Republic to hand over the black bodies and get the bodies back.
The transfer was completed in the early hours of 1.10am local time on the 11th floor of the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic’s administration building. The two black boxes were handed over after hours of talks and one aborted attempt earlier at 10pm. It is not clear why they were not passed at earlier occasion during the night. “We have decided to hand the black boxes over to Malaysian experts,” Borodai said.
The Malaysian team of experts and representatives of the separatist group then signed a protocol before the bright orange boxes were handed over. “On behalf of the Malaysian government I thank the government of the Donetsk Republic for handing us the two black boxes which are the property of Malaysia,” said a member of the Malaysian team. “We have not found the black boxes from flight MH370 (which disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March), so are happy to be able to recover these. “I see that the black boxes are intact with only minor damage.”
One of the boxes will contain all conversation in the cockpit and another all flight data.
During the transfer Borodai again denied that rebels were responsible for downing the Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
Blame the Ukrainians
“The Ukrainians had the technical capabilities and the motives to do it,” he was quoted as saying.
The flight recorders will provide the exact time the Boeing 777 came down, its speed and altitude but it may not point to what catastrophic event caused it to break up midair although it is strongly suspected to have been a missile fired from an SU-11 mobile guided missile unit from Russia.