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The First Bodies From Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Have Been Returned To The Netherlands

A military plane carrying bodies from the crash touched down at Eindhoven Airport Wednesday morning.

Posted on July 23, 2014, at 10:26 a.m. ET

The bodies of 40 victims from last week's Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash have arrived in the Netherlands.

Aircraft with #MH17 victims just landed at Eindhoven Airport.

Gregory Zhygalov@GZhygalov

Aircraft with #MH17 victims just landed at Eindhoven Airport.

10:03 AM - 23 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There was a moment of silence after the "Last Post" was played. The airport's flags are flying at half-mast. The victim's families have been kept away from cameras to allow them to grieve in private.

The first 40 bodies of the victims from Flight #MH17 arrive in Eindhoven, the Netherlands from Ukraine.

James Franey@jamesfraney

The first 40 bodies of the victims from Flight #MH17 arrive in Eindhoven, the Netherlands from Ukraine.

10:01 AM - 23 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The 40 bodies will be taken to a medical facility in the city of Hilversum, where they will be formally identified. It's been estimated the verification process could take months.

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Coverage of the ceremony was marred due to a poorly worded tweet from the Associated Press, with ambiguous wording leading many to believe the plane crashed while arriving at Eindhoven Airport.

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The Netherlands declared Wednesday to be a national day of mourning, the first for the country in more than half a century.

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