Dutch investigators say no evidence MH17 voice recorder tampered with

AMSTERDAM, July 23 Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:23pm EDT

AMSTERDAM, July 23 (Reuters) - Investigators looking into the causes of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week said they have found no evidence the airliner's black box voice recorder had been tampered with.

"The Cockpit Voice Recorder was damaged but the part that contains the data was intact," the Dutch Safety Board said in a statement on Wednesday. "Nor was there any evidence or indication that (it) had been manipulated."

The board said it would now work on assessing the information it had downloaded from the black box, a process which would need more time. It said examination of the airliner's other black box, the Flight Data Recorder, would start on Thursday.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)