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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: More bodies arrive in Netherlands

Published on Jul 24, 2014 10:15 PM
 

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Planes carrying more bodies recovered from the MH17 crash site in Ukraine were flown to the Netherlands on Thursday, a day after the first of the 298 dead arrived.

Two planes carrying a total of 74 coffins landed at Eindhoven in the south of the country, from where they are to be taken to a military barracks in Hilversum, near Amsterdam, for forensic examination and identification.

The coffins will be given the same military honours as the 40 coffins that arrived on Wednesday.

They will be placed in individual hearses as during the ceremony Wednesday, a Dutch national day of mourning.

Employees load a container containing bodies of victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the airport in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on July 24, 2014. Planes carrying more bodies recovered from the MH17 crash site in Ukraine were flown to the Netherlands on Thursday, July 24, 2014, a day after the first of the 298 dead arrived. -- PHOTO: AFP

The Netherlands lost 193 citizens in the crash, and is also heading the investigation of the other dead from a total of 11 countries.

Dutch police said that 80 forensic experts from Germany, Belgium, Britain, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Malaysia were helping 120 Dutch with the task of identification, which could take months.

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