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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 6:10 PM

ROZSPYNE, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency workers, police officers and dozens of off-duty coal miners are among those searching the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down yesterday.

They've spread out across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, where they are finding human remains and personal belongings.

The debris includes smashed watches and mobile phones, charred boarding passes and passports.

The crash site is spread over fields between two villages, about 25 miles from the Russian border. Lines of men have been venturing into the thick, tall growth that reached over their heads. One man fainted after finding a body.

In one of the villages, large numbers of sticks with red or white rags attached are marking the spots where body parts were found.

Large chunks of the Boeing 777 with the airline's red, white and blue markings are strewn across one field. The cockpit and one turbine are a half-mile apart, while the tail landed six miles away.

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137-r-05-(Sound of walking on gravel, near site of main wreckage field)--Sound of people walking near the site of the main wreckage field as workers and volunteers searched for evidence related to the downed plane. (18 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO MOSB113: A pro-Russian fighter holds up a toy found among the debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, Friday, July 18, 2014. Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down as it flew high above the country's battlefield. The attack Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) (18 Jul 2014)

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