Dutch Queen Maxima’s tears for the victims of MH17 as 40 coffins touch down in Holland

Dutch queen's tears for MH17 victims as coffins return to Holland
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands comforts Queen Maxima as she wipes tears from her eyes as MH17 victims are flown to an airbase in Eindhoven (Picture: EPA)

The newly crowned Dutch queen wept as two planes touched down with 40 coffins bearing victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Queen Maxima joined grieving relatives including ten Britons who watched yesterday’s sombre arrival in Eindhoven.

Holland held a day of mourning for its 193 nationals killed in the crash in eastern Ukraine last Thursday. They were among 298 people on the plane allegedly shot down by pro-Russian rebels.

Briton Barry Sweeney, father of 28-year-old victim Liam who was flying to New Zealand to watch his beloved Newcastle United, was among mourners at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

He said: ‘We need closure. When Liam was flying out I never thought I’d be standing here today.’

The coffins were driven to a Dutch barracks where identification of the bodies will begin, assisted by Metropolitan Police officers.

Meanwhile, British air accident investigators have begun examining data from MH17’s black boxes at their base in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Dutch military personnel carry a coffin to a waiting hearse at the airbase in Eindhoven (Picture: EPA)
Two air hostesses react at Schiphol Airport during a national day of mourning in the Netherlands

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23 July 2014 | 10:22 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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