MH17 Bodies of victims to be transferred to Amsterdam: reports

Bodies of MH17 Flight Heading to Holland

Amsterdam, Holland – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has confirmed that the bodies of the victims aboard Malaysian flight MH17 will be transported to Holland from whence they will be returned to their loved ones. Already 39 of the victims are confirmed to be Australia. This marks a sharp turnaround from the original intent of the pro-Russian rebels to transport the bodies to deep within their rebel controlled territory. However, world condemnation of the aircraft’s downing has been intense and Russia is beginning to feel the heat for actions of the actions carried out by the insurgents they are supporting.

Currently, the rebels have the bodies of 251 victims inside refrigerator train cargos which actions deeply offended Western governments. Reports are that the bodies are being handled without proper dignity and that evidence linking the crash to the rebels has been removed. Part of the reason the bodies will be heading to Holland is that they have top-notch forensic teams that can help identify the remains. The Dutch will spearhead the forensic identification team which will consist of experts from the international community.

As for the crash site, 31 field experts from all over the world have converged in Kiev with the intention of scouring the area and determining what happened to the flight. Members of the Australian embassy are also taking part in in the investigation.

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The BBC produced video evidence of insurgents tampering with evidence and has published it. It is proof the rebels took possession of the flight recorder which is a critical piece of evidence. In addition, the one rebel was overheard muttering that the airplane had no business flying over their airspace.

People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, on Thursday. Officials in Amsterdam, where the flight to Kuala Lampur originated, said one Canadian was among 295 people on the flight. (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)
People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, on Thursday. Officials in Amsterdam, where the flight to Kuala Lampur originated, said one Canadian was among 295 people on the flight. (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)
Emergency personnel in attendance at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (Picture: Reuters)
Emergency personnel in attendance at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (Picture: Reuters)

It infers that the crash was concomitant to actions they took or that perhaps they mistook the plane for a military aircraft.

Who Was On Board?

Of the 295 passengers, 154 have been identified as Dutch. There were also 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, six British, four Germans, four Belgians, three Fillipinos and one Canadian citizen. Forty-seven other casualities have not yet been identified.

  • 154 Dutch passengers.
  • 27 from Australia.
  • 23 from Malaysia.
  • 11 Indonesians.
  • Six from the United Kingdom.
  • Four from Germany.
  • Four from Belgium.
  • Three from the Philippines.

The crash of Flight 17 comes on the 18th anniversary of TWA Flight 800, which crashed into Long Island Sound shortly after takeoff on July 17, 1996.

Photos of Deadly Crash Emerge

Photos reportedly showing the crash site — even some of bodies scattered on a field — began appearing on Twitter close to an hour after initial reports of the incident.

Here’s one from Russia Today:

On The Web:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-17-crashes-in-ukraine/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh17-1-canadian-aboard-official-says-1.2710406

: Video shows debris raining down on Ukraine after Malaysia Airlines passenger jet shot down
http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/17/flight-mh17-video-shows-debris-raining-down-on-ukraine-after-malaysia-airlines-passenger-jet-shot-down-4802158/

Reference:
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/national/mh17-bodies-of-victims-to-be-transferred-to-amsterdam-as-prime-minister-tony-abbott-send-former-air-chief-marshal-angus-houston-to-kiev-to-ensure-justice/story-fnj3ty2c-1226995395024

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