Victims of air disaster flown to Eindhoven

On Wednesday 23 July, 40 coffins carrying the bodies of victims of flight MH17 arrived at Eindhoven Air Base. An Australian Boeing C-17 Globemaster and a Lockheed C-130 Hercules of the Royal Netherlands Air Force transported the coffins from Kharkiv in Ukraine to the Netherlands. It is expected that more victims will be brought back on Thursday and Friday.

After landing, the 2 aircraft taxied past the platform where relatives and friends of the victims stood. Once the military aircraft had come to a halt, the Last Post was sounded and a minute's silence was observed. The bugler then sounded reveille.

Coffins carried from the aircraft

Military personnel from all 4 armed forces services served as pall bearers, carrying the coffins from the aircraft and lifting them into waiting hearses. The hearses left the air base, escorted by motorcycle outriders of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. The bodies were taken to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum, where the identification process will take place. Members of the public have been leaving floral tributes at the gates to the barracks.

Royals and government ministers in attendance

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, and government ministers including Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert attended the ceremony at Eindhoven Air Base to extend their condolences to the next of kin. Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives were also present.