The Hague, May 3: A Dutch military transport aircraft carrying human remains of victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which crashed with 298 people on board in eastern Ukraine last year, landed at Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands on Saturday. Last Thursday Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg announced that the Dutch MH17 repatriation mission in eastern Ukraine has been finished in its current form, Xinhua news agency reported.
This means Saturday’s flight was probably the last flight with human remains to the Netherlands, although locals in eastern Ukraine might still find new human remains. The plane with seven coffins had left from the airport of Kharkiv and arrived around 4 p.m. in Eindhoven. At the airbase Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur and over 300 relatives were present for a ceremonial tribute.
MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board died of which 296 have been identified yet. Most of the victims were Dutch. (IANS)