Investigators finally reach MH17 site

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The Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine. Source: Twitter/ @mashable. The Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine. Source: Twitter/ @mashable

A group of air crash investigators and international monitors finally managed to reach the  early Thursday afternoon, according to the mission's official Twitter account. The Dutch and Australian investigators joined the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) for the Ukraine, set up by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The group claimed to use a "new access route" to reach the location, an effort that had been stymied in the two weeks since the crash by between Ukraine's military and pro-Russian separatists in the region, along with reports of other obstruction attempts by militants.

Kiev agreed to earlier Thursday. As that news was announced, the team of investigators and monitors was stopped at a Ukrainian checkpoint for nearly two hours before being allowed to proceed, according to newspaper De Telegraaf.

Malaysia Airlines flight 17  in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine after an apparent surface-to-air missile strike while flying towards Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Boeing 777 took off from Amsterdam at about 12:15 p.m. carrying 298 people, of which 195 were Dutch nationals.

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