A departure ceremony was held at Kharkiv Airport as bodies were loaded onto an Australian Boeing C17 military aircraft. It has left the airbase for Eindhoven, where it will be met by relatives, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and members of the Dutch royal family. Two planes will land together in the Netherlands with the victims...Its been announced a day of mourning in the Netherlands. A Forensic expert explains; 'Teeth is one means of I.D as they do not disintergrate but I.D of any body recoverd will be very difficult if not Impossible after laying in heat for days...it will have bloated'. The bodies will not be given to the families on landing as it would'nt be right if they got the wrong body and I agree. There are still bodies and body parts in or under the wreckage, some scattered in the fields. its an extremely grim thing to I.D those still missing. A Dutch C130 Hercules carrying more bodies is expected to leave for the Netherlands shortly to arrive at the same time. The black boxes are now in the UK for examination by experts. 22.07.2014 KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) –
A departure ceremony was held at Kharkiv Airport as bodies were loaded onto an Australian Boeing C17 military aircraft. It has left the airbase for Eindhoven, where it will be met by relatives, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and members of the Dutch royal family.
Two planes will land together in the Netherlands with the victims...Its been announced a day of mourning in the Netherlands.
A Forensic expert explains; 'Teeth is one means of I.D as they do not disintergrate but I.D of any body recoverd will be very difficult if not Impossible after laying in heat for days...it will have bloated'.
The bodies will not be given to the families on landing as it would'nt be right if they got the wrong body and I agree. There are still bodies and body parts in or under the wreckage, some scattered in the fields. its an extremely grim thing to I.D those still missing.
A Dutch C130 Hercules carrying more bodies is expected to leave for the Netherlands shortly to arrive at the same time.
The black boxes are now in the UK for examination by experts.
KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) –As Western leaders increasingly pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian separatists, and Moscow itself, over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kuala Lumpur said little.
The reasons for that reticence – which had drawn criticism at home – became clear on Tuesday, when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced shortly after midnight that his government had negotiated the release of the remains of nearly 300 victims of Flight MH17 from separatist-held territory.
I do recall that at the signing of the condolence book when maybe a reporter wanted to speak with one of the Prime minister’s group they did’nt enter into any conversation.
Mr Najib, working through intermediaries to reach rebel leader Alexander Borodai, was a key figure in brokering the deal, according to two sources in Malaysia with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
The talks were kept under tight wraps, with Mr Najib bringing only a handful of his closest confidants into the discussions. “The conversation was not initiated by Malaysia, but it was the Prime Minister’s project,” one of the sources said. “He was the main player and he kept this within a very, very, very tight circle. Even some of his closest advisers were not part of this circle, and were surprised by this deal.”
Well done Prime Minister Najib Razak, and thank you very much!!
As an aside; It should never have happened that the plane was shot down.
NEW STRAITS TIME
Is it really only five days since the crash? It seems a lot longer… so much has happened… so much sadness..
MH17 Crash: Rebels Hand Over Black Boxes, they appear to be untampered with. The flight data recorders from the plane are said to be in “good condition” as a ceasefire around the crash site is announced.
Rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine have handed over the black boxes from flight MH17 to Malaysian experts.
As an armed rebel placed the boxes on a desk, Aleksander Borodai, Prime minister of the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic, told a packed room at the separatists’ headquarters: “Here they are, the black boxes.” Both sides then signed a document, which the rebel leader said was to finalise the handover.
The Dutch Netherlands Minister had me crying again as he spoke about the victims last moments, ‘Did they lock hands, hugged their children close to their hearts’? Those were just some of the words he spoke. there is a video to watch.
Its going to be a huge task with much sadness once the victims are returned to the Netherlands.
Thank the good Lord, the black boxes will be given over to a Malaysian team in Donetsk. There are still bodies that are still in the wreckage but they are getting there.
Trains containing the bodies of people killed when a Malaysian airliner was shot down have left the station in Ukraine where they were being held. I can’t even begin to Imagine peoples sadness on recieving their families…but at least they are going home, in what condition does not bear thinking about.
There are still 47 (Daily Star’ count) people out there unacounted for so still much to do. then there is evidence to find in the Black boxes who was responsible.
The remains of 282 victims from the crash site were in refrigerated wagons on trains seen leaving Torez, in Eastern Ukraine. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said they will be taken to the city of Kharkiv, where they will be handed over to Dutch officials before being flown to the Netherlands in a Hercules military transport plane.
The first train containing bodies from the MH17 crash site is being blocked by “terrorists”, the Ukrainian government has said.
In a statement, the government said the train is stuck at the station in the town of Torez.
Rescuers have found 251 bodies of the 298 victims in the area where the Malaysia Airlines flight came down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, the statement went on.
Some 86 body parts have also been recovered.
The blocking of the train comes despite comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin that “we need to do everything to ensure the security and safety of the observers and the experts working at the crash site”.
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Pro-Russian separatists have said they will grant monitors safe access to the Malaysia Airlines crash site if Kiev agrees a truce.
Andrei Purgin, deputy PM of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said his troops would “guarantee the safety of international experts on the scene” as soon as a deal with Ukraine was struck on a ceasefire.
If the offer was rejected by Kiev, he warned it would suggest the government was made up of “dangerous lunatics, bloodthirsty maniacs (who are) dangerous not only for the residents of Donbass but also for the world community”.
The move came as world leaders piled pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the armed Moscow-backed rebels from preventing investigators from fully accessing the MH17 crash site.
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A senior Malaysian minister says he is “deeply concerned” about reports that the MH17 crash site is being tampered with and demands that those behind the “brutal act of aggression” face the ‘full force of justice’
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Why us? Malaysians wonder after two planes go down…
I must admit to having thoughts of who has it in for Malaysia after two planes are ‘lost’. In MH17 crash we are in this together as an International family, most countries have lost ‘someone’ even Malaysia Prime Minister has lost a step – Grandmother. I just hope they catch who did this terrible thing, its cowardly and dispicable.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 (Bernama) – Malaysia much appreciates the support of world leaders who have expressed sympathy and extended their …
Till The Next Update
It is with great sadness that all the people, air staff and passengers have perished…R.I.P. They don’t know yet if any Americans but the update is six British are amongst the dead..
Malaysia Airlines plane crashes on Ukraine-Russia border – live
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane has reportedly crashed in Ukraine, on the border with Russia.
A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by militants on July 17, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
The aircraft, which other sources said was a Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down near the city of Donetsk, stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, Anton Gerashchenko said, adding that it was hit by a ground-to-air missile.
Ukrainian officials said local residents had found…
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