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Jets carrying Malaysia victims' bodies arrives in Netherlands

9 months ago July 23, 2014 Jul 23, 2014 Wednesday, July 23 2014 Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:24:58 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

KHARKIV, Ukraine - Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have landed in the southern city of Eindhoven.

Six days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, the first bodies finally arrived Wednesday in the Netherlands, the country that bore the heaviest toll in the crash that killed all 298 passengers and crew.

A Dutch Hercules C-130 that Dutch government spokesman Lodewijk Hekking says is carrying 16 coffins was closely followed by an Australian C-17 Globemaster plane carrying 24 coffins.

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