More remains of MH17 passengers found

2014-11-07 21:02
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Kiev - Rebel separatists in east Ukraine said on Friday that more human remains had been found at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane that was brought down in July.

The rebel transportation ministry said that the body parts were found while wreckage was being removed from the area.

A team of Dutch, Ukrainian and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe workers last week safely reached the area where the Boeing 777's wreckage was scattered and had resumed recovery work. An unspecified number of human remains have been retrieved during recovery operations.

Rebels remain in control of the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on 17 July, killing 298 people - most of them Dutch citizens.

Separatist authorities said the search operation has been complicated by the presence of unexploded mines and mortar shells on the site.

Missile strike

The transportation ministry of self-declared separatist government of the Donetsk People's Republic said work on removal of wreckage had been suspended and may resume on Sunday.

Officials will take the remains for examination in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

All the passengers and crew died when the jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur ended up in pieces.

Dutch air crash investigators have said it was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects," which some aviation experts say is consistent with a missile strike.

The head of the criminal investigation said the most likely scenario being investigated is that the Boeing 777 was shot down from the ground.

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