MH17 investigation team in Ukraine, unable to recover wreckage
A team of accident investigators has arrived at the site of the MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine but will not be able to start recovery of the wreckage of the plane.
Broadcaster Nos reported earlier on Tuesday that the team of 10 to 15 investigators was on its way from Donetsk in order to begin clearing the wreckage, but is now reporting that there is disagreement between the Dutch and the Ukrainians.
What is causing the disagreement is unclear, Nos says. According to Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, head of the Dutch mission, there is no agreement between the investigators and the Ukrainians at the moment.
‘The Dutch team is ready to begin recovering the wreckage, but we shall now continue with the work we were doing last week,’ Aalbersberg told Nos.
‘We found human remains last week and we expect to find more during this search.’
Any human remains or personal possessions which are found will be returned as quickly as possible to the Netherlands.
Flight MH17 came down over eastern Ukraine in July, killing all 298 people on board.
Since then, Dutch recovery teams have been hampered in their work by fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels