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Ukraine crash: Dutch PM says access to site and black boxes 'absolutely vital'

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Ukraine crash: Dutch PM says access to site and black boxes 'absolutely vital'


A day of mourning was declared in the Netherlands on Friday, after the tragic loss of life caused by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

There were 173 Dutch passengers on board the Boeing 777, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was reportedly shot down.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte told a news conference: “It appears flight MH17 has been shot down, but we are still waiting to get clarity about the exact cause of the disaster. “

“Researchers from the Dutch Safety Board will travel to the crash site. Unobstructed access to the crash site and the data contained by the black boxes is absolutely vital,” Rutte continued.

At Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, there was some apprehension amongst travelers planning to take Friday’s Malaysia airlines lunchtime flight to Kuala Lumpar.

One traveler planning to take the flight told reporters: “Yesterday I was thinking a little bit, I was a little bit scared.” He continued: “It’s much safer now, I think.”

Malaysia Airlines, along with a host of other airlines, has announced amendments to its routes to avoid flying over eastern Ukraine.

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