MH17 black boxes suggest the jet was downed by missile shrapnel
Security officials1 in Ukraine say the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured2 by shrapnel3 from a missile.
They say the information came from the plane’s flight data recorders, which are being analysed4 by British experts.
However, it remains unclear who fired5 a missile, with pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine blaming6 each other.
Many of the 298 people killed on board flight MH17 were from the Netherlands.
Dutch investigators leading the inquiry into the crash have refused to comment on the Ukrainian claims.
Heavy fighting has prevented7 an international police force composed of Dutch and Australian officers from7 reaching the crash site for a second consecutive day.
“We are sick and tired of8 being interrupted by gunfights, despite the fact that we have agreed that there should be a ceasefire,” said Alexander Hug, the deputy head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) team in Ukraine.
They had hoped to secure the site so that the wreckage9 and human remains can be examined by international crash experts. Most of the bodies have been removed, many of them repatriated to the Netherlands.
1. security official quan chức an ninh
2. puntcture (verb) to make a small hole in something
3. shrapnel (noun) small pieces that thrown up and away from an exploiding bomb
4. analyse (verb) to examine the nature/ structure of something, especially by separating into small parts, in order to understand or explain it
5. fire (verb) to shot
6. blame (verb) think/ say somebody/ something is responsible for something
7. prevent … from … to stop somebody from doing something/ to stop something from happening
8. be tired of to become bored with somebody/ something
9. wreckage (noun) the parts of something(e.g. airplane) that remain after it has been badly damaged or destroyed
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