Victims of downed airliner begin long journey home

Jul 23, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT
A coffin containing the body of a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is loaded onto a plane for transport to the Netherlands during a departure ceremony on July 23, 2014 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
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The first planes carrying victims' bodies from crashed flight MH17 have left Ukraine for the Netherlands, where experts will begin to identify them. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet the planes in Eindhoven, amid a national day of mourning. A total of 200 bodies have so far been accounted for from the 298 victims, 193 of whom were Dutch nationals. The US says it believes pro-Russian rebels shot down the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane on 17 July by mistake.


MH17 plane crash: Victims begin journey home from Ukraine [BBC]