On 17 July 2014 flight MH17 (Malaysia Airlines) crashed in Ukraine on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. On board were 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Among the passengers were 196 Dutch citizens.
Statements of the Dutch government are available here.
Repatriation mission in Ukraine
The MH17 repatriation mission has been concluded. Members of the National Forensic Investigation Team and the Royal Military and Border Police have been at the scene of the MH17 crash to search for human remains and personal belongings and return them to the Netherlands.
Repatriation of the victims
The first repatriation flight was on 23 July. Subsequent flights to Eindhoven air base have taken place on 24, 25 and 26 July, 4 August, 8 November, 28 November, 8 March. The last repatriation flight has arrived at Eindhoven air base on 2 May 2015.
Identification of the victims
The coffins containing the victims’ bodies were taken to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum, where the identification process has taken place. Once a positive identification was made, the next of kin were informed. A total of 296 victims onboard flight MH17 have been identified.
Malaysia Airlines has released the names of the passengers of flight MH17. The passenger list is available via the airline’s website.
Cause and investigation of the air disaster
At the request of Ukraine, the Netherlands has been put in charge of investigating the cause of the disaster. The investigation was conducted by the Dutch Safety Board.
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