SEPANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The remains of MH17 chief steward Mohd Ghafar Abu Bakar and Universiti Malaysia Sabah lecturer Ng Shi Ing arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Sunday morning.
One casket and an urn, draped in Malaysian flags, were unloaded from a MAS aircraft and taken by soldiers to waiting hearses.
The duo were accorded full military honours. A minute's silence was observed at 8.41am local time before the hearses were driven past families and waiting dignitaries. Their remains were later taken to their final resting place.
The remains of a third passenger, which was not identified on request of family members, also arrived on the same commercial flight from Amsterdam at 6.30am.
Among the dignitaries present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.
Last Friday, a special MAS plane bearing the remains of 20 Malaysian victims killed in the MH17 tragedy landed at the KLIA at 9.55am. A ceremony with full military honours was accorded to the victims.
All 298 people aboard Flight MH17 were killed when the aircraft was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17. The Boeing 777 was the second Malaysian jet lost in four months, after MH370 mysteriously went missing on March 8 on its way to Beijing.
Malaysia declared a national day of mourning last Friday, when flags were flown at half-mast