Utter chaos at MH17 crash site

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 19 Juli 2014 | 20.01

Children have described how it was raining people after the shooting down of a passenger jet MH17 in eastern Ukraine. Courtesy: Sky News

  • Reports of bodies rotting in the fields at chaotic crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
  • Black box reportedly in the hands of pro-Russian separatists
  • Russia unleashes on Tony Abbott over "unacceptable" comments
  • World leaders condemn Russia over missile attack

THERE are reports that bodies are being taken away from the crash scene of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 but it's unsure where they are being moved to.

According to CNN , Ukrainian government officials believe that the Pro-Russian separatists, who are keeping a strong hold over the wreckage, are taking the bodies to a morgue in Donetsk, a city under their control.

Earlier there were reports that the rebels shot at and harassed members of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), sent in to investigate the disaster.

A surface-to-air missile shot down the Boeing 777 and it crashed to the ground over cornfields in a separatist-held region of eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

Men view the body of a passenger from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at Rassipnoye, Ukraine. Picture: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

A man inspects the debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane crash at Grabovka, Ukraine. Picture: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

The OSCE mission's spokesman, Michael Bociurkiw, told the ABC that bodies at the crash site were "exposed to the elements" and "already starting to decompose".

"It is a very, very gruesome scene and it boggles the mind that this could go on. We are going into day two or three now," he said.

"It is kind of the world's biggest crime scene right now."

Mr Bociurkiw said the separatists were "very aggressive" and may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Pro-Russian fighters at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet. Picture: AP Source: AP

An adviser to the Ukrainian Government has posted online that people have begun looting the dead bodies.

"Just now I have received information that terrorists — death-hunters were collecting not only cash money and jewellery of the crashed Boing died passengers but also the credit cards of the victims (sic)," Anton Gerashchenko posted to Facebook.

Tony Abbott has warned the repatriation of MH17 victims is likely to take weeks, not days, as hevowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. Courtesy: Sky

Speaking to the media about 1pm today, Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed that "bodies remain strewn over the fields of the eastern Ukraine and armed rebels are trampling the site".

"Overnight, a monitoring mission from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe did gain temporary access, but it was driven off by gunfire presumably from the Russians and rebels," Mr Abbott said.

"This does highlight though the difficulty and danger of this mission."

Mr Abbott said efforts to "sanitise" the site would not be tolerated.

"The site needs to be secure … and frankly anyone who tries to obstruct this is no friend of justice and is no friend of peace," Mr Abbott said.

Alexander Hug (2nd L), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe's (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, visits the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 18, 2014. Source: AFP


It is the one piece of evidence that could definitively explain who's responsible for the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The Boeing 777's black box flight recorder could hold vital clues to what really happened when it was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

As the world grapples with the unspeakable reality that all 298 people on board perished when the plane crashed at the village of Grabove, a crucial question remains: Where is the plane's black box and will crash investigators get to see it?

Debris from MH17. Picture: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

OSCE investigators were given limited access to the crash site overnight but were blocked from going further by armed pro-Russian separatists "for their own" safety.

They were only permitted to stay on the site for about 75 minutes and examined only 200m of the expansive scene, which spreads over several kilometres, before being forced to leave, CNN reports.

Reporters on the ground tweeted yesterday that the separatists fired warning shots when the OSCE mission approached the wreckage.

The organisation is negotiating with the Russian-backed separatists to create a "humanitarian corridor" through the volatile region.

However, Sky News reports this morning that the investigators were harassed by the armed rebels and prevented from retrieving either of the plane's black boxes.

They were allowed to look at only part of the crash site and were refused access to the area where the engines wound up, according to McClatchy DC News.

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Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board Flight MH17 died when the plane crashed. Source: AFP

There have been conflicting reports about the fate of the flight recorders, but OSCE chief Didier Burkhalter told Swiss television that they were "currently in the hands of the separatists".

Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported that the Ukrainian emergency service had found the two flight recorders but refused to confirm where they were located.

So-called first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Andriy Purhin said the flight recorders would be sent to Moscow for analysis, a prospect that has been met with condemnation by world leaders.

The wreckages of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Picture: AFP Photo/Dominique Faget Source: AFP

US President Barack Obama has blamed the Russian-backed rebels for launching a surface-to-air missile that brought MH17 down, and other world leaders are calling on the separatists to give full access to the flight recorders as part of a widespread, independent investigation.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott made some strident comments about the incident yesterday while addressing Parliament, pointing the finger squarely at Russia, which has denied any involvement.

"The bullying of small countries by big ones, the trampling of justice and decency in the pursuit of national aggrandisement and reckless indifference to human life should have no place in our world," he said.

Mr Abbott said the crash "looks less like an accident than a crime" and called for a full and impartial UN investigation with full access to the black box.

President Barack Obama listens to a question as he spoke about the situation in Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014. Source: AP

"We owe it to the dead and their families, we owe it to the peace and stability of the wider world to establish the facts and we will do all we humanly can to bring that about."

Meanwhile, Russia has described Prime Minister's Tony Abbott's tough stance over the possible involvement of Moscow-backed rebels as "unacceptable".

"Without bothering himself about evidence and operating only on speculation, Mr T Abbott assigned guilt," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. "Abbott's statements are unacceptable."

A stick with a white piece of cloth marks the spot where a body lays at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Picture: AFP Photo/Dominique Faget Source: AFP

The US, however, has echoed Mr Abbott's comments, with President Barack Obama pointing to the separatists for the attack.

"There are only certain types of anti-aircraft missiles that can reach up 30,000 feet and shoot down a passenger jet," Mr Obama said.

"We have increasing confidence that it came from areas controlled by the separatists."

Calling the plane's destruction an "outrage of unspeakable proportions", he said the separatists wouldn't have had the capability to shoot down the plane "without sophisticated equipment and sophisticated training, and that is coming from Russia".

A memorial to MH17 at a church in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Picture: AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri Source: AFP

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