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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Australia says chance of reaching crash site not good

Published on Jul 28, 2014 12:57 PM
 
Cows graze near the wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 26, 2014. The chances of Dutch and Australian police reaching the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are not good, and the effort could take days, a senior Australian official said on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - The chances of Dutch and Australian police reaching the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are not good, and the effort could take days, a senior Australian official said on Monday.

An unarmed team of Dutch and Australian officers was forced to drop their plans to visit the site on Sunday as heavy bombardments rocked towns close to the area where the plane was shot down, killing all 298 on board.

And tensions were such that the Netherlands scrapped a plan to send an international armed mission in to secure the site, with the Dutch Prime Minister saying it was "not realistic".

Australian Federal Police deputy commissioner Andrew Colvin said it was not known when recovery teams will get to the impact zone.

 
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