Netherlands Mourns, Bodies of Malaysia Airlines Crash Victims Return

World | July 23, 2014, Wednesday // 11:43
Bulgaria: Netherlands Mourns, Bodies of Malaysia Airlines Crash Victims Return Photo: EPA/BGNES

Bodies recovered from the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 will be flown to the Netherlands Wednesday as the country mourns 193 citizens killed in the crash. 

According to the BBC, the he first bodies are expected to arrive by plane at Eindhoven in the Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon. 

Members of the Dutch royal family and Prime Minister Mark Rutte are to meet the plane.

Flags will fly at half mast on a day of national mourning in the Netherlands, the origin of the doomed flight to Kuala Lumpur that was allegedly blown out of the sky by a missile, reportedly fired by mistake by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. 

It remains unclear “who pulled the trigger” and why.

“The most plausible explanation… was that it was a mistake”, and that the missile was fired by “an ill-trained crew” using a system that requires some skill and training, said a senior intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity and was quoted by AFP. 

The intelligence official cited previous incidents over the years in which both Russian and US forces have mistakenly shot down civilian airliners.

Meanwhile, Malaysian The Star Online reports that Malaysia’s three-man team inspecting the crash site observed that part of the Boeing jetliner’s massive wings had melted as a result of intense heat.

It quotes Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) spokesperson for the Special Monitoring mission to Ukraine, Michael Bociurkiw, as saying the wings melted as they were made of aluminium.

Bociurkiw reportedly tells reporters in Donetsk that the team also did not notice any major parts of the plane missing from the crash site.

He says the OSCE was yet to find any evidence of a missile strike at the site.

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