Ukrainian authorities said on Monday that data retrieved from the black boxes aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 showed the plane was destroyed by "massive explosive decompression" caused by shrapnel from a missile.
The alleged cause of the downing of the civilian passenger jet was revealed by Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, and hasn't been confirmed by European officials who have been analysing the data on the plane's flight recorders.
Air safety experts say the devices aboard the plane are older versions likely to provide only limited information regarding the sequence of events following the presumed missile strike on the plane.
Both the flight-data and cockpit-voice recorder were manufactured in the mid-1990s, before regulators mandated that such devices on new jetliners include larger memories, faster recording speeds and backup battery power in case onboard electrical systems suddenly fail.
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