FLAGS have flown at half mast and there was a minute’s silence as the first coffins of the victims MH17 arrived in the Netherlands.
The Dutch King and Queen stood alongside grieving relatives as a guard of honour was formed, following last week’s tragedy.
40 caskets were brought from the aircraft on the shoulders of miltary personnel to a line black hearses.
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Meanwhile, Dutch experts say data from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder is intact and has not been tampered with.
The black boxes have been handed to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, southwest of London.
The Ukraine claims two of its fighter jets shot down in the same area as MH17, were hit by missiles fired from Russian soil.
The planes came down 45 kilometres south-east of the MH17 crash site, as they were providing air support for government infantry.
But a spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has claimed responsibility.