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Families to see MH17 aircraft wreckage

Families of those who lost loved ones on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine last summer, will be able to witness the arrival in the Netherlands today of wreckage from the plane.

A total of 298 people were killed when the Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur Boeing 777 was shot down on July 17 in an area where pro-Russian separatists operated.

Wreckage recovered from the site will arrive at Gilze-Rijen air force base in southern Netherlands at 1pm today.

Next of kin have been invited to watch as trucks carrying the wreckage enter the base.


After it has been unloaded, it will be photographed, scanned and categorised by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) which is leading the investigation into the crash.

The board will then start an inspection of the wreckage and prepare to reconstruct part of the aircraft in a hangar specially set aside for the investigation.

Up until last month, the DSB had only limited access to the crash site, but recovery work was able to begin on November 16 and lasted for a week.

A preliminary report by the DSB in September said wreckage was "consistent with the damage that would be expected from a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside".

Despite the difficulty in accessing the site due to fighting in the area, the flight recorders were recovered early on.