Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: KL says to hand over black boxes to international team

A pro-Russia separatist shows members of the media a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, before handing it over to Malaysian representatives during a press conference in Donetsk on July 22, 2014. Malaysia said on Tuesday it wil
A pro-Russia separatist shows members of the media a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, before handing it over to Malaysian representatives during a press conference in Donetsk on July 22, 2014. Malaysia said on Tuesday it will keep hold of the black boxes voice and data recorders from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 until an international team is formed and will then hand them over. -- PHOTO: AFP 

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia said on Tuesday it will keep hold of the black boxes voice and data recorders from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 until an international team is formed and will then hand them over.

"The Malaysian team has taken custody of the black boxes, which appear to be in good condition. They will be held securely in Malaysian custody while the international investigation team is being formalised," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement.

"At that time, we will pass the black boxes to the international investigation team for further analysis."