The international investigation team led by the Netherlands has decided to pass the black boxes, which record cockpit activity and flight data, to UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
    
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said it was a normal procedure for black boxes to be sent for analysis to the nearest laboratory authorised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
    
"The black boxes will therefore be flown to Farnborough, United Kingdom, accompanied by Malaysian experts and other members of the international investigation team," he said in a statement here.
    
Liow said this decision was taken after pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site handed the boxes over to Malaysian officials following an agreement between Prime Minister Najib Razak and separatist commander Alexander Borodai.
    
"Following the agreement, Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered with rebel leaders (in eastern Ukraine), Malaysia has taken custody of flight MH17's black boxes. As the Prime Minister said, they will be passed to the international investigation team for analysis," he said.
    
Flight MH17, with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board, was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine last Thursday.

Malaysia also called for a comprehensive investigation by international independent bodies into the crash. In a strongly worded motion at a specially convened session of Parliament Najib called on all parties to work together to ensure investigations are completed immediately.

DNA samples collected to identify victims
A Dutch team has begun screening and tagging the bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine while authorities here have started collecting DNA samples from the relative of the victims from the country.
   
Dutch Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team is working along with the Malaysian crime investigation team and the Special Malaysian Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) to screen the bodies recovered from the crash site controlled by pro-Russia rebels.
   
Malaysia's Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Ministry's Forensic department head Mohd Shah Mahmood had accompanied the bodies to Amsterdam.
   
Health Ministry here also began collecting DNA blood samples and inner cheek swabs of parents, siblings and children of those who died in the MH17 crash.
   
Noor Hisham said the samples would be matched with the DNAs of the deceased.
   
Asked if the DNA samples had to be used quickly, he said, "There is no limited time for use as long as the integrity of the post-mortem material is preserved."
   
According to the Disaster Victim Identification guide, primary sources of identification process include finger printing, forensic dental analysis and DNA analysis while secondary sources include medical reports such as previous surgery scars, personal identification such as tattoos, rings and necklaces.
   
Finger printing would be used only if skin is still intact and printable and these would be checked against passports, documents from the National Registration Department or other databases.
   

"The House also demands that a comprehensive investigation be carried out so that those believed to be responsible for this crime against humanity through the shooting down of MH17 are immediately brought to justice," Najib said.
    
He said the House also strongly condemned the "inhumane, uncivilised, violent and irresponsible" action of the parties believed to have shot down the Boeing 777.

Najib said the government has directed the Attorney-General to study the crash in detail to ensure all action required to be taken against the parties responsible for the tragedy is in line with international law.
    
The premier expressed his anger and disappointment that the crash site was not immediately secured according to international practices, leading to loss of and tainted evidence.
    
"The delay in handling the tragedy has also led to the failure of due respect in protecting the dignity of the remains of the deceased," he said.
    
Najib said there were still unanswered questions such as whether the plane was brought down by a guided missile, on whose orders the action was carried out, who the weapon suppliers were and what were their true motives.
    
He also questioned whether there were plans to shoot down the plane intentionally or if it was an unintentional accident. He also assured families that efforts were underway to ensure the remains of victims are returned home.

Flight MH17, with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board, was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine last Thursday.
   
Meanwhile, US and the Netherlands called for a full and transparent international investigations into downing of the plane. US President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands.
   
Both agreed EU and United States must remain united with regard to events in Ukraine and that Russia will face increasing costs if it continues its support for violent separatists and fails to cease its efforts to destabilize Ukraine.

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DNA samples collected to identify victims

 

A Dutch team has begun screening and tagging the bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine while authorities here have started collecting DNA samples from the relative of the victims from the country.

         

Dutch Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team is working along with the Malaysian crime investigation team and the Special Malaysian Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) to screen the bodies recovered from the crash site controlled by pro-Russia rebels.

         

Malaysia's Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Ministry's Forensic department head Mohd Shah Mahmood had accompanied the bodies to Amsterdam.

         

Health Ministry here also began collecting DNA blood samples and inner cheek swabs of parents, siblings and children of those who died in the MH17 crash.

         

Noor Hisham said the samples would be matched with the DNAs of the deceased.

         

Asked if the DNA samples had to be used quickly, he said, "There is no limited time for use as long as the integrity of the post-mortem material is preserved."

         

According to the Disaster Victim Identification guide, primary sources of identification process include finger printing, forensic dental analysis and DNA analysis while secondary sources include medical reports such as previous surgery scars, personal identification such as tattoos, rings and necklaces.

         

Finger printing would be used only if skin is still intact and printable and these would be checked against passports, documents from the National Registration Department or other databases.

         

Flight MH17, with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board, was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine last Thursday.

         

Meanwhile, US and the Netherlands called for a full and transparent international investigations into downing of the plane. US President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands.

         

Both agreed EU and United States must remain united with regard to events in Ukraine and that Russia will face increasing costs if it continues its support for violent separatists and fails to cease its efforts to destabilize Ukraine.