LATEST UPDATE 24 JULY 2014 | An Embraer jet of the Belgium Air Component (fka Belgian Air Force) left Brussels-Melsbroek Airbase on 22 July 2014 to pick up the flight data and voice recorders of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with flight numer MH17 that was shot from the sky by a Russian-supplied advanced mobile SAM systems on 17 July 2014.
According to the Belgian Ministry of Defence, the Embraer will transport the so-called “black boxes” from Kiev (Kyiv) to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Farnborough, United Kingdom, where experts at a specialised institution will thoroughly analyse the recorded information. On board the Belgian jet are technical experts and representatives of the United Nations.
The Belgian aircraft is part of the European Air Transport Command (EATC), a pool of airlifters and passenger jets of the military forces of the European Union member states the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Spain. EATC’s headquarters is at Eindhoven Airbase in the Netherlands, where the first bodies of the victims of flight MH17 arrived on 23 July 2014 at 16:00 local time (15:00 UTC) on board a Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H Hercules and a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III airlifter.
The Dutch government declared 23 July 2014 as a National Day of Morning, the first time in the history of the country.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by the Belgian and Dutch ministries of Defence