Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
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.
(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)