Over 500 friends & family view MH17 wreckage

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In the past week 533 relatives of 151 flight MH17 victims went to view the wreckage of the plane at the airbase Gilze-Rijen.

According to Tjibbe Joustra, chairman of the Safety Board, the viewings went well. "Virtually all relatives were happy with the possibility to view the wreckage. To see the pieces of wreckage in reality is important."

The viewings took place at three locations where the wreckage is on display, NOS reports. These three locations are the hanger where the investigation is taking place and two places where the remaining wreckage is stored.

Now that the relatives of the victims have viewed the wreckage, the reconstruction of part of the plane can begin. This forms part of the criminal investigation into the cause of the disaster, which will likely take until the end of the year. The cockpit and part of the business class will be reconstructed.