40 bodies from crash back on Dutch soil

Rebels down 2 Ukrainian fighter jets 20 miles from Malaysian plane wreckage

Posted: July 24, 2014 at 3:35 a.m.

Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane towards a hearse during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. After being removed from the planes, the bodies are to be taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned to the Netherlands on Wednesday in 40 wooden coffins, carried to 40 identical hearses, as flags at half-staff flapped in the wind.

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