Sky News apologises over reporter Colin Brazier going through MH17 victim’s luggage at Ukraine crash site

Sky News has officially apologised after showing footage of one of its reporters sifting through a victim’s luggage at the MH17 crash site.

The reporter, Colin Brazier, was at the crash site in Ukraine and appeared to lift and move items that were in an open piece of hand luggage amid the wreckage.

Brazier quickly realised what he was doing was inappropriate and was heard to say ‘we really shouldn’t be doing this’.

But the handling of victims belongings at the crash site sparked a furious response on social media, with most comments branding the broadcast ‘outrageous’, and many calling for the reporter to be disciplined over his actions.

Sky News published a statement over the incident, in which it said: ‘Today, whilst presenting from the site of the MH17 air crash, Colin Brazier reflected on the human tragedy of the event and showed audiences the content of one of the victims’ bags.

‘Colin immediately recognised that this was inappropriate and said so on air. Both Colin and Sky News apologise profusely for any offence caused.’

The statement did not say whether any action would be taken against Brazier.

Reporter handles MH17 victim's luggage, Sky News apologises
Sky News reporter Colin Brazier picks up belongings from luggage at the MH17 crash site (Picture: Sky News/Vine)
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After dropping one item, Brazier then picks up what appears to be a keyring (Picture: Sky News/Vine)
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Realising what he was doing, Brazier says ‘we really shouldn’t be doing this’ (Picture: Sky News/Vine)

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