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MH17 Crash Victims Receive Heroes Welcome As First Set Of Bodies Arrive Home In Holland

Upset: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (pictured centre alongside her husband King Willem-Alexander) wipes away a tear as the bodies of victims of the MH17 crash are removed from an air force transport plane and placed in hearses at Eindhoven airportThe first bodies of those killed in the MH17 crash have arrived in the Netherlands to be greeted by grieving relatives and the Dutch royal family.

The remains of around 40 international victims of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy left Ukraine’s Kharkiv airport on two military planes earlier today, ahead of a painstaking identification process which is expected to take several months.

The dignified reception at Eindhoven airport is in stark contrast to the treatment of the victims’ remains in eastern Ukraine in the days after the crash, where pro-Russian rebels left corpses to decay in the summer heat in body bags dumped around the crash site.

Among those attending the solemn ceremony were King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who held on to each other’s hands as the bodies were removed from the transporter aircraft. At several points the Dutch Queen was seen wiping tears from her face.

Left to right: Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the airbase in Eindhoven look visibly distressed as the bodies arrive

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands attend a ceremony upon the arrivals of a plane from Ukraine carrying the remains of victims

Released: The bodies of 40 victims arrived at Eindhoven airport on two military planes - one of them this Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules - earlier this afternoon

Finally shown respect: A coffin containing the body of an MH17 crash victim is placed in the back of a hearse at Eindhoven airport

The dignified reception at Eindhoven airport was in stark contrast to the treatment of the victims' remains in eastern Ukraine in the days after the crash

A convoy of hearses containing the remains of 40 victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster drives past international flags as it leaves Eindhoven airport en route to a military base in nearby Hilversum

Flags - including that of Malaysia (centre) were seen flying at half mast as the convoy of hearses made their way from Eindhoven military air base

Everyone observes a minute of silence at Schiphol  Airport where flight MH17 took off on the day it crashed…

Remembrance: Stewardesses at Schiphol airport observe one-minute of silence in remembrance of the victims of flight MH17

Passengers waiting to board planes at Schiphol airport stand still during a minute's silence

 

Tribute: There was a minute's silence before a motorcade drove the bodies to Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks, where the process of identifying them will begin

Salute: A Dutch military musician plays the Last Post at the airbase in Eindhoven as the  victims' bodies are placed into hearses

A convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum

This aerial photo shows people watching from a bridge a convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

People watch from a bridge a convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Ceremony: A coffin containing the body of an MH17 victim is loaded onto a plane for transport to the Netherlands

Solemn: Four bodies are carried up to a transport plane during a ceremony at Kharkiv airport this morning. The bodies are being flown to the Netherlands after being recovered from the MH17 crash site

Flags - including that of Malaysia (centre) were seen flying at half mast as the convoy of hearses made their way from Eindhoven military air base

Source: Mail Online

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