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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Plane takes more remains as Malaysians join probe

Published on Aug 4, 2014 10:07 PM
 
Members of a group of international experts inspect the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Aug 1, 2014. A plane carrying remains of victims from the downed MH17 flight in eastern Ukraine flew back to the Netherlands on Monday as Malaysian experts joined the international probe at the crash site. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - A plane carrying remains of victims from the downed MH17 flight in eastern Ukraine flew back to the Netherlands on Monday as Malaysian experts joined the international probe at the crash site.

Ukraine's government said the plane was taking the latest remains found by the search operation, as well as DNA and belongings that had been kept in the rebel-held city of Donetsk for some time.

Before Monday's flight, 227 coffins had been taken to the Netherlands - which suffered the most casualties in the July 17 crash - for the painstaking identification process.

But Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, head of the Dutch police mission in Ukraine said Sunday: "We expect that there will be more flights to the Netherlands in the near future." A total of 298 passengers and crew were killed when the Malaysia Airlines jet - flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur - was blown out of the sky almost three weeks ago.

 
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