International investigators were last night continuing to search for the remains of around 80 victims who died in the MH17 Malaysian Airways disaster.
The crash site spans eight-square miles around the village of Hrabrove in the Ukraine, so the process is expected to take weeks.
Blackpool’s Glenn Thomas, 49, was among those who died in the tragedy.
He had boarded the ill-fated flight to Kuala Lumpur in preparation for his first visit to Australia on July 17.
He was one of 298 people – including 10 Britons – who died when the plane was allegedly shot out of the sky while crossing war-torn Ukraine.
A team of 70 Dutch and Australian investigators were using sniffer dogs over the weekend to help recover human remains and personal belongings.
It came as the UK’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned Russian missiles supplied to rebels in eastern Ukraine could be used to bring down more civil airliners.
Mr Hammond called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to cut off the supply of weapons to the separatist groups who have been blamed for the disaster.