Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Plane carrying bodies leaves Ukraine for Netherlands

Honour guards take part in a ceremony with coffins of some of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17, which was downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, before they are loaded onto a transport plane heading to the Netherlands at Kharkiv ai
Honour guards take part in a ceremony with coffins of some of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17, which was downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, before they are loaded onto a transport plane heading to the Netherlands at Kharkiv airport on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KHARKIV (AFP) - The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Wednesday left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands following a sombre ceremony, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

The Dutch military aircraft took off from the airport in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv bound for Eindhoven after the first group of victims' remains were loaded onto the plane in wooden coffins.

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