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Flight MH17

Netherlands mourns as bodies flown in

Netherlands mourns as bodies flown in

  The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week yesterday arrived at a military base in the Netherlands - a nation in shock and sorrow. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 came down in an...

Ukrainian villagers recall how MH17 victims dropped from the sky

Ukrainian villagers recall how MH17 victims dropped from the sky

Bodies dropped from the sky onto streets and houses like weights as the burning aircraft disintegrated as it plummeted to the ground, rural Ukrainians recalled. Valeny Vodnev, 50, said he was in his house when he heard two booming sounds. Thinking it was an attack by Ukrainian armed forces, he ran out and saw...

Ukrainian military jet flew close to flight MH17?

A senior Russian officer has claimed that a Ukrainian military jet was flying just a few kilometres from the Malaysian Airlines plane minutes before it was downed, while also refuting allegations that it had provided separatists with BUK missile launchers. In a statement to a press conference yesterday, Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov said the defence ministry would like to know “why the military jet was flying along [the same civil aviation lines] at almost the same time and at the same...

Leadership and a downed plane

Leadership and a downed plane

The tragic downing of flight MH17 is now a test of leadership. While some politicians have demonstrated respect for lives lost and reacted with restraint, others have sought to capitalise on tragedy to propel self-serving, national and geopolitical interests. The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine once again reminded that the...

MH17 victims train bound for unknown destination

MH17 victims train bound for unknown destination

The bodies of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are being loaded on to three railway carriages, apparently with refrigerator capability, which are standing at the train station in the town of Torez, several miles from the crash site in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, reports the British daily The Guardian. The Guardian witnessed...

Malaysian plane 'shot down'

Malaysian plane 'shot down'

  A Malaysian airliner was “brought down” over eastern Ukraine yesterday, reportedly killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides. Ukraine accused "terrorists" -- militants fighting to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia -- of shooting down...

Why was a flight MH17 flying over a conflict zone?

Why was a flight MH17 flying over a conflict zone?

The Boeing 777 downed in Ukraine with the loss of 295 passengers was flying just 1,000 feet above a “no-fly” zone covering the troubled region, British newspaper The Independent reports. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was on a routine flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed, apparently after being hit by a missile. The...

Tragedy of steward who swapped flights

Tragedy of steward who swapped flights

A Malaysia Airlines steward swapped shifts to fly on the ill-fated jet that crashed in rebel-held territory in Ukraine on Thursday. Sanjid Singh was one of the 15 crew members on the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The plane was carrying 298 people. In an extraordinary twist of fate, his wife, also...

Family who lost 2 members on MH370 loses 2 more on MH17

Family who lost 2 members on MH370 loses 2 more on MH17

An Australian family has tragically been hit by both Malaysia Airlines tragedies, having now lost four members through flight MH370's disappearance and flight MH17 being shot down over Ukraine. Irene and George Burrows, from Bileola, Queensland, were still mourning their son Rodney and his wife Mary after their plane vanished without a trace over...

MH17 crash: 'Total shock' at Aids researcher deaths

MH17 crash: 'Total shock' at Aids researcher deaths

Dozens of passengers who died on board the crashed Malaysia Airlines plane are thought to have been heading to a major international Aids conference. They include Prof Joep Lange - a prominent and popular researcher and a former president of the International Aids Society (IAS). IAS said they would have "truly lost a giant". Delegates, who have already arrived at the conference in Australia said they were in "total shock". More than 14,000 scientists, campaigners and politicians are meeting at the Aids 2014 conference, which starts in Melbourne at the weekend. 'GIANT' Joep Lange, was a professor of medicine at the University of Amsterdam, and has been involved in HIV research since the virus first...

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