THE HAGUE: Dutch forensics experts have identified 21 more flight MH17 victims, the government said yesterday, while their colleagues at the crash site began arriving home from east Ukraine where fighting has stopped the investigation.
Only two bodies had been identified so far. The 21 new victims are made up of 16 Dutch, including a dual British national, two Malaysians, a German, a Canadian and a Briton, the Dutch justice ministry said in a statement.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday that the search for body parts at the crash site was being suspended due to escalating clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.
Two military transporters—a Dutch Air Force C-130 and an Australian C-17 Globemaster—arrived in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven yesterday, carrying 142 police experts from the Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia.
On board the C-130 were 28 Dutch, 10 Australians and five Malaysian investigators, while the Australian plane carried 54 Dutch, 30 Australian, 15 Malaysians and five sniffer dogs.