Dutch News

23 July 2014

The first bodies of the victims of the MH17 air disaster will arrive at Eindhoven airbase at around 16.00 on Wednesday 23 July. This will take place in the presence of their next of kin. Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will also be present, as will representatives of countries whose nationals were among the victims, and other dignitaries.

Five minutes before the two military aircraft repatriating the victims have landed the bells of several Dutch churches will ring, and after the landing a minute of silence will be observed. The bodies of the victims will then be transported to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks in Hollandsche Rading in a motorcade with police escort.

Media representatives can register the arrival of the two planes and the departure of the motorcade from a press enclosure at Eindhoven airbase. If you wish to be present you must apply for accreditation before 12.00 on Wednesday 23 July by sending an email with your name and the medium you represent to You must be able to show valid identification at Eindhoven airbase.


Today will be a national day of mourning. Flags are flown at half-mast. It is the first time since the death of Queen Wilhelmina in 1962. At 20.00 hours there will be a silent march will be held in Amsterdam, to commemorate the victims of flight MH17.


After the human remains arrived at the airport Eindhoven they will be transported to military complex in Hilversum to finalise the identification.


Media representatives can report to Eindhoven airbase from 14.00.
Address: Flight Forum 1550, Eindhoven.


Link: Flags at half mast as the Netherlands mourns MH17 air crash dead






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