Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have said that they will give flight investigators full access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The rebels have offered to secure the site and allow for the recovery of the bodies.

Rescue workers at the scene have already recovered both black box flight recorders from the scene.

Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

The plane was carrying 173 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 44 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, and nine Britons, as well as other passengers from Germany, Belgium, Canada, and the Philippines.

Both sides of the conflict in Ukraine have blamed the other for shooting the plane down with a missile.

It is believed that the missile launcher used to down the plane was a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile (SAM), also known as a “Gadfly”, but that does not confirm which party shot the missile as Russia, the pro-Russian rebels, and Ukraine all have the weapon in the arsenals.

The tragedy is the second loss of a Malaysian Airlines plane this year, after Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens in March.

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