Kiev, Nov 24 (IANS/EFE) A train carrying the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July arrived Monday in the city of Kharkiv, which is controlled by Ukrainian government forces.
“The train with the wreckage of flight MH17 has arrived at its destination in Kharkiv,” the Dutch Safety Board posted on its official Twitter account.
The train set out from eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk, with 15 Dutch experts, observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and six pro-Russian separatists accompanying the wreckage.
The Netherlands will examine the wreckage in a bid to clarify the circumstances of the mid-air explosion that brought the plane down as it flew over an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
All 298 people on board were killed, including 193 Dutch nationals.
The Boeing 777 aircraft was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed July 17 in a region of the eastern Ukraine where clashes between the pro-Russian separatist militias and government forces were, and still are, taking place.
Ukrainian authorities have accused the pro-Russian militias of shooting down the plane with a missile, while the separatists deny having weapons capable of shooting planes out of the sky.