MH17 plane crash: latest news

MH17 plane crash: latest news



Investigators say the black box is ‘intact’ and there is ‘no evidence’ of tampering as the bodies of 40 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight disaster arrive from Ukraine to Netherlands.

‘Black box’ damaged but data ‘intact’ and not ‘tampered with’
• Bodies of 40 victims taken to Hilversum after arriving at Eindhoven airport
• Pro-Russian rebels shoot down two Ukrainian fighter jets from Russia, Kiev says
• MH17 victims’ bodies left Kharkiv 11am local time (9am UK)
• Dutch King & Queen, and PM, welcome bodies in ceremony
• Bill Clinton pays tribute to MH17 delegates at AIDS summit
• US intelligence says no direct link to Kremlin in plane downing
• Washington welcomes EU new sanctions threat against Russia


21.30 Thousands of people in Amsterdam dressed in white marched solemnly along the city’s canals in memory of the 298 people who died aboard flight MH17, most of them Dutch, Reuters report.

QuoteThe memorial march came on a national day of mourning for the Netherlands, which lost 193 citizens when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukraine last week.

“It’s important to come together, to show that we’re together, that we share the pain of our families and friends,” said Leon, 35, wearing a white T-shirt.

“And it’s important for everyone to wear white, the colour of hope, which means that we’re looking to the future,” he said.

The marchers released hundreds of white balloons into the sky as night fell in Amsterdam.

21.04 NATO continues to see evidence of weapons being moved into Ukraine from Russia since the downing of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine last week, a NATO military officer said, according to Reuters.

QuoteWe have noted an increase in the amount of weapons being transferred from Russia to Ukraine in the last several weeks. We continue to see evidence of the movement of weapons into Ukraine from Russia since the downing of (Malaysia Airlines flight) MH17, which is a cause for concern,” the officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

The European Union has said Russia must stop the flow of weapons across the border or face tougher sanctions.

20.41 According to BBC’s East Africa correspondent, Gabriel Gatehouse, Mr Khodakovsky denies the details of the Reuters report.