July 23, 2014 22:22
Two more planes to take remains of Malaysian jet crash victims to Netherlands on July 24 - ministry
KYIV. July 23 (Interfax) - Two more aircraft are due to take off from Ukraine for the Netherlands on Thursday with 51 containers carrying bodies and body fragments recovered at the crash site near Donetsk of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, the Ukrainian Regional Development Ministry said on Wednesday.
"Currently, a group of international experts among whom there are experts from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, the United States and Britain is continuing examining bodies of victims and organizing their transportation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands under agreements between Ukraine and all the countries that had their citizens among those killed in the terrible air crash," the ministry said in a statement.
On Wednesday, two military transport aircraft took the remains of 56 people to the Netherlands.
A Lockheed C-130 Hercules of the Dutch air force set off from Kharkiv, Ukraine, for the Dutch city of Eindhoven around noon with the remains of 16 people. An Australian Boeing C-17 Globemaster took off with the remains of 40 people an hour later, also flying from Kharkiv to Eindhoven.
Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 777 crashed on July 17 during a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board.
The victims represented a variety of nationalities - among them were 192 Dutch nationals (one of them had dual Dutch-U.S. citizenship), 44 Malaysians, including the 15-member crew, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, one of whom was also a South African national, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos, one Canadian, and one New Zealander.
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