Remains, wreckage from MH17 returns to NL on Saturday

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Victims from flight MH17 are transported along a Dutch highway (photo: Ministerie van Defensie). (Victims from flight MH17 are transported along a Dutch highway (photo: Ministerie van Defensie))

A Dutch military transport aircraft will arrive on Saturday at the Eindhoven Airbase with the victim remains and wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster. The plane is scheduled to land at 4 p.m., the government stated on Thursday.

The same ceremony will take place as with the arrival of the previous victims, and some surviving family members are expected to attend. After the somber ceremony, the remains will be transported under a police and Marechaussee military police escort to the Corporal Oudheusden Barracks in Hilversum.

Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Minister of Interior Ronald Plasterk will attend to the ceremony on behalf of the Dutch cabinet. Representatives from both houses of parliament, and the affected countries will be present as well.

The Malaysia Airlines flight took off from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam on July 17, 2014, but was apparently shot down over eastern Ukraine while flying to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people onboard were killed.

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