So Where Are the Black Boxes?
Conflicting reports swirl about them
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2014 12:00 PM CDT
Aleksandr Borodai, Prime Minister of the self proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic', speaks at a news conference in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

(Newser) – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes are key to the crash investigation—so where are they? Good luck with that. The New York Times reports that the voice and data recorders have been taken from the crash site, but after that it gets confusing. There's all kinds of conflicting claims about whether they're in the hands of the Ukraine government or of pro-Russian rebels who control the territory, or even whether they've been found at all. A sampling of the confusion:

  • The governor of Ukraine's Donetsk region said, "Two black boxes were found by our emergency services," per the Independent, though he added, "I have no information on where these boxes are at the moment."
  • A separatist leader, Alexander Borodai, has a different story. "No black boxes have been found," he told the AP. "We hope that experts will track them down and create a picture of what has happened."

  • The Telegraph says one black box is on the way to Moscow, though Russia's foreign minister said, "We do not plan to take these boxes" because doing so would interfere with an international investigation.
  • ABC notes that it's not even clear how many recording devices were on the Boeing 777 in the first place.
The situation might clear up now that international investigators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have arrived and been allowed access to the site, reports the BBC.

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Jul 18, 2014 9:06 PM CDT
The president speaks today, and has next to nothing of substance to say. Don't worry Putin, you and your henchmen will get away with this. No real interest from the ball less obama. He will even help diminish this, just to not have to deal with it. Weakness didn't end the cold war, but weakness is going to fuel the new one. Putin is putting the Soviet Union back together, God help us all.
Jul 18, 2014 6:33 PM CDT
What kind of disgusting ghouls would pilfer a jet crash site?
Jul 18, 2014 5:54 PM CDT
Going along with my endless harping about over population; it seems perfectly logical to me that the perpetrators swooped onto the boxes and spirited them away before any officials arrived at the scene.