First MH17 victims’ bodies will return home to Netherlands by Wednesday

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister says his government aims to have the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 back in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Mark Rutte said Tuesday that a plane is ready to bring the first remains back from the Ukrainian government-controlled town of Kharkiv, where they arrived early Tuesday in a refrigerated train.

He said that, “it is our aim — and at the moment our expectation — that sometime tomorrow the first plane carrying victims will leave for Eindhoven.”

Rutte said that the identification of some bodies will be quick. But he has warned grieving families of victims of Thursday’s crash that killed 298 people that the identification of some others could take “weeks or even months.”