Wreckage of flight MH17 arrives in the Netherlands

Relatives of passengers killed in Ukraine crash await remains of Malaysia Airlines flight

Relatives of passengers killed in Ukraine crash await remains of Malaysia Airlines flight

ANKARA - The remains of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine five months ago, have been delivered to investigators in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Safety Board, which is leading an investigation into the crash, is to photograph, scan and categorize the wreckage in preparation for a full investigation. 

The Boeing 777 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people on board, two-thirds of them Dutch.

Relatives of the dead passengers waited outside the air force base in the town of Gilze-Rijen as the wreckage made its way to the site in a convoy of lorries.

- Hundreds killed

The Dutch Safety Board is to attempt to reconstruct the aircraft in an especially assigned hangar.

The board, based in The Hague, is an autonomous body which investigates aviation-related accidents. 

The wreckage was transferred under a deal between Ukrainian officials and the pro-Russian separatists through mediation under the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The MH17 crash followed the disappearance in March this year of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 237 passengers on board.

The majority were Chinese.

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