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Bodies of the Malaysian Airlines victims arrive in the Netherlands

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

Dozens of bodies of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims were transported to the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Two airplane carrying the bodies landed in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The bodies were met by leading officials, including Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte. A day of mourning was in effect, and a moment of silence was observed as 16 coffins were taken away from one of the planes.

The bodies of the deceased were shipped to Kharkiv, Ukraine on train cars on Tuesday.

A total of 298 people died in the plane crash on July 17, many of whom were Dutch citizens. The Malaysia Airlines flight was headed to Kuala Lumpur, but went down around the Ukraine near Donetsk. Officials are still looking at the crash site, located near Russia.

"We observed still the existence of smaller body parts on this site," said OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw, according to USA Today. "There is still evidence of missing human remains in at least in two of the locations."

Investigators are also looking into the exact reason for the crash. According to the Associated Press, British investigators are considering the flight’s last minutes that would have been recorded in the plane’s “black box.”

 
 

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