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UPDATE: Investigation continues into plane crash which killed resort man

A Pro-Russian fighter stands guard at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A Pro-Russian fighter stands guard at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The bodies of passengers which have been strewn across the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 for nearly 48 hours are finally being recovered by Ukraine authorities.

Reporters at the scene say the bodies are now being carried out on stretchers after a makeshift cordon was set up this morning, following a deal between separatists and Kiev.

Until now, many of the dead passengers had been left uncovered, lying among the plane wreckage in an open field in the rebel-controlled area.

kraine has accused the rebels of already removing 38 of the bodies from the scene and taking them to the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

It comes as experts from the UK will arrive in Kiev today to assist a Ukrainian-led investigation into how Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down.

The crash claimed 298 lives, including that of Blackpool man Glenn Thomas.

Downing Street said six investigators from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch would join the growing international probe into exactly how the plane came down.

The Foreign Office has also sent extra consular staff to Ukraine and the Metropolitan Police is liaising with international partners to send specialist officers to the country to assist with the recovery, identification and repatriation of those killed.

There is growing international condemnation of pro-Russian separatists for the incident, with the Britain and the United States both pointing the finger of blame at the militias.

Downing Street said it appeared “increasingly likely” that the catastrophe was the result of a surface-to-air missile fired from near Torez, in territory controlled by rebels seeking closer ties to Moscow.

David Cameron earlier insisted that those responsible for bringing down the airliner must be “brought to account” amid deepening tensions with Moscow.

 

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