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Work begins on recovering MH17 wreckage

Dutch air accident investigators expect work on recovering the wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site to to take several days after beginning the recovery operation.

Work began yesterday on recovering the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July, and is continuing this morning.

"It is expected that the recovery operation will take several days, depending on the safety conditions and other factors," says the Dutch Safety Board. "This will be assessed daily. The recovered wreckage will be collected at a location near the crashsite, from where the wreckage will be transported to Kharkov and finally to the Netherlands."

The Dutch Safety Board intends to reconstruct a section of the crashed aircraft.

MH17 was lost on as it passed over eastern Ukraine, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Investigators have been trying to determine whether the aircraft was brought down by hostile action, possibly with a surface-to-air missile.

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