Searchers find remains at Malaysia Airlines crash site


Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 11:02 PM

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — The team of international investigators that's now at work at the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine is finding human remains, though a spokeswoman for the recovery operation isn't providing any additional information.

The remains of as many as 80 victims from the plane have been lying in farm fields for two weeks. Recovering those remains, and the belongings of the victims, is a top priority of the Dutch and Australian team.

The head of the Dutch recovery mission says a team of about 30 experts spent two hours searching an area of just 30 square yards -- part of an effort to cover more than 8 square miles, in all. Among the belongings found were papers and books that were carried by some of the 298 people aboard the plane when it was shot down on July 17th with what the West says was a Russian-made missile fired by pro-Russia rebels.

Some recovery experts took pictures of piece of the plane. Rebel fighters, meanwhile, guarded the perimeter of the zone and kept their distance.

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170-c-09-(Peter Leonard, AP correspondent)-"of the fields"-AP correspondent Peter Leonard reports after a reconaissance mission of sorts Thursday, the investigative team set up a headquarters on a chicken farm and fanned out over the many miles of wreckage area. (1 Aug 2014)

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172-c-20-(Peter Leonard, AP correspondent)-"which they find"-AP correspondent Peter Leonard reports the teams are dividing up their tasks. (1 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO XDL116: Australian and Dutch investigators examine pieces of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane crash in the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The investigators from the Netherlands and Australia plus officials with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe traveled from the rebel-held city of Donetsk in 15 cars and a bus to the crash site outside the village of Hrabove. Then they started setting up a base to work from at a chicken farm. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) (1 Aug 2014)

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