Fire engines arrive at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, on July 17, 2014. Picture: Dmitry Lovetsky

London - Britain said on Wednesday it had taken delivery of two black box flight recorders recovered from Flight MH17, the Malaysian passenger jet downed over eastern Ukraine last week.

“We can confirm that the two black boxes from MH17 have been delivered by the Dutch Safety Board to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch at Farnborough for download,” a statement from the Department for Transport said.

A department spokesman said it would take 24 hours to download the data from each black box, but did not know whether the data from each could be downloaded simultaneously.

The data will then be sent to international investigators for analysis. - Reuters