Inside the crash site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 came down in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine
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Inside the crash site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 came down in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

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Local emergency workers slowly pull apart the wreckage of MH17 in the grim search for bodiesSigns of...

Local emergency workers slowly pull apart the wreckage of MH17 in the grim search for bodiesSigns of...

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  • 1. Inside the crash site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 came down in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Local emergency workers slowly pull apart the wreckage of MH17 in the grim search for bodies Signs of lives lost ... Personal objects found scattered on the ground where MH17 fell from the sky in Rozsypne, Eastern Ukraine. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia WALKING around the 25km square that encompasses the crash site of Flight MH17 there are two things that hit you -- the flies, and the number of references to this having been a slaughter of innocents. Locals say there is always a heavy presence of flies this time of year in Donetsk in Ukraine's agrarian east, but in certain areas they now swarm as clouds. They are now an indicator for body retrieval teams that nearby are the remains of some of the 298 passengers and crew, still lying out there after four days in the stifling summer sun. Pictures: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia Debris ... Letters to Australia and a bag. Source: News Corp Australia
  • 2. Deep reddish brown smears on upturned airline seats or tangled miles of electrical cable covered in piles of green and blue bottomed flies point to there being something more beneath. There's also a stench that clings to you, suffocating. It is distinctive, yet hard to describe, except perhaps by those who work in the medical profession and experience it every day. These sites are emotional not just because you know of the lives lost but because of the everyday items of their lives that when they boarded the flight at Schipol at 12.15pm last Thursday were important to them. Pictures: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia Innocents ... exotic birds killed in the crash. Source: News Corp Australia Scattered about is someone's collection of original 33.3 LP records, all classical from labels now long gone but preserving the notes of Johan Sebastian Bach, Brahms, Mendelsohn and others. The black discs are near an Xbox and someone's iPod, a shattered iPad. Then there is a little girl's pair of Hello Kitty slippers, packets of miniature plastic loom bands and a newly purchased CD box set of Richard Clayderman. Search continues ... off-duty coal miners combed the crash site. Pictures: Ella Pellgrini Source: News Corp Australia
  • 3. Upsetting ... a dog that was killed in the crash of MH17. Source: News Corp Australia On the flight there was a large consignment of Ray Ban sunglasses as well as parcelled technical medical equipment and boxes of IV slain drips. There was also a tonne of mail bound for Australia, with sacks from Sweden dispatched to homes in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia as well as a general mail bag for Down Under from the Netherlands lying among once cherished photographs and keepsake souvenirs. Toys, games and books ... the debris from the crash site cannot help but remind the viewer of the ordinary lives lost. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia Amid the maps and flight path charts blowing through the fields was one for landing flight paths for Adelaide Airport. MH17 was also apparently transporting birds and animals. We stumbled on an Alsatian German Shepherd lying in a field under the belting sun while nearby were several exotic birds like mccaws and parrots; their once-spectacular kaleidoscopic wings crumpled into the Earth. So many victims, so many stories, lost in a field in Ukraine. The recovery effort ... bodies in plastic bags mark the edge of the debris field in Rozsypne, Eastern Ukraine. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia
  • 4. http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/inside-the-crash-site-where-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh 17-came-down-in-donetsk-eastern-ukraine/story-fnizu68q-1226996498265