First plane with bodies of MH17 victims took off from Kharkiv to Eindhoven

The Dutch prime minister together with members of the Dutch Royal Family will meet the first plane carrying MH17 victims' bodies at Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands.

First plane with bodies of MH17 victims took off from Kharkiv to Eindhoven

The Dutch prime minister together with members of the Dutch Royal Family will meet the first plane carrying MH17 victims’ bodies at Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands.

Bodies will be identified with the help of Dutch experts.

A total of 200 bodies have so far been accounted for from the 298 victims, 193 of whom were Dutch nationals.

A refrigerated train carriage carrying about 200 bodies arrived at the government-held city of Kharkiv on Tuesday, four days after the crash.

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On Wednesday morning, 40 coffins were slowly loaded on to two military planes at Kharkiv airport.

Foreign ambassadors, officials and soldiers gathered to see off the planes.

The ceremony was intended to give the victims the respect and dignity they deserve after a tragedy of unspeakable proportions.

The Dutch government representative said the victims had begun their “long journey” home.

The first flight is due to arrive in Eindhoven at 16:00 local time

The bodies are then due to be taken to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks south of Hilversum for identification.

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