A makeshift memorial to the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has formed outside one of the entrances to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
On Saturday, groups of people gathered to pay their respects to the 298 victims, who boarded MH17 at Schiphol two days ago. The plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and is believed to have been shot down.
Mourners laid flowers, lit candles and wrote notes of condolence in tribute to the people who lost their lives – and in sympathy for the loved ones left behind.
Australian tourist Jenny Booth, who wrote a message in the condolence book outside the airport, said her thoughts were with the families and friends of the victims. “It’s a world-wide thing, it’s suffering in the whole world,” she added.
Inge Van Der Sar’s cousin was on flight MH17 with her boyfriend. “We lost them,” Van Der Sar said, her eyes filled with tears.
Inside the airport, passengers checked in for Saturday’s MH17 flight to Kuala Lumpur. The flight path has been changed to avoid Ukrainian airspace.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen again,” said traveller Astrid Homveld.“But all the time I think of all the people who died in the airplane and it’s not a nice feeling. It’s strange to go on holiday now.”
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