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Book of condolence opened at Belfast City Hall for victims of air disasters

By Amanda Ferguson

A book of condolence has opened at Belfast City Hall for the victims of three recent airline disasters.

The book, opened by the Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon, commemorates the 298 people who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17.

It also remembers the 58 people killed when a TransAsia Airways plane crashed in Taiwan on July 23, and the 116 people killed in the Air Algerie crash in Mali on July 24 during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council said the book will remain in place as long as there is public demand for it.

After the book closes it will be presented to the honorary consul of The Netherlands, Carson McMullan, in recognition of the significant number of Dutch deaths on flight MH17.

Meanwhile security officials in Ukraine say the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile.

They say the information came from the plane's flight data recorders, which are being analysed by British experts.

However, it remains unclear who fired the missile.

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