Two military cargo planes, one Dutch and the other Australian, flew 38 coffins carrying victims to the Netherlands on Saturday for identification and investigation. (July 26)
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Eindhoven, Netherlands - July 26, 2014
1.Various of somber ceremony as coffins arrive, are transferred to hearses
Two military cargo planes, one Dutch and the other Australian, also flew 38 more coffins carrying victims to the Netherlands for identification and investigation.
The planes took off on Saturday from Kharkiv, a government-controlled city where the bodies have been brought from the wreckage site in territory held by pro-Russian separatists fighting the Ukrainian government.
They landed later in the afternoon in Eindhoven, where the coffins were transferred to a fleet of hearses in a solemn ceremony.
Officials said the flights took the last of the 227 coffins containing victims that had been brought to Kharkiv by refrigerated train.
Officials say the exact number of people held in the coffins is still to be determined by forensic experts in the Netherlands.
International observers have said there are still remains at the crash site. Access has been limited due to rebel interference and security concerns.
The Boeing 777 went down July 17 as it headed to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, killing all 298 people on board. Most of them were Dutch citizens.