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By Aviamagazine | August 2014

MH17 Aftermath

Air Force effort after MH17 crash

After Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, B777-2H6 (9M-MRD) was shot down over civil war plagued Ukraine, the Royal Australian Air Force based one of its C-17s at Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands, to help with the recovery efforts. The scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on 17 July 2014 with 298 souls on board, of which 195 were Dutch.

The first C-17 (A41-209) arrived on 22 July to set up an air-bridge between Kharkov and Eindhoven. The next day, the first bodies arrived 16:00 hours at Eindhoven, brought by a RNLAF C-130 and RAAF C-17. Following a ceremony the coffins were driven to Hilversum for identification. The next 3 the days, until July 26 these flights would continue, bringing a total of 227 coffins. How many victims are flown to the Netherlands, and how many are still on the crash site in the Ukraine is unknown.


9M-MRD, B777

28 July a second C-17 A41-211, arrived. A day later a RAAF KC-30A (A39-002) arrived with earlier stops at Honolulu, Hawaii and Travis AFB, CA. It departed on the 31st. C-17 A41-207 arrived on 1 August, making three.


A41-207, C-17

A41-209, C-17

A41-211, C-17

A41-211, C-17

A41-209, C-17

A41-207, C-17

A41-211, C-17

A41-207, C-17

A41-211, C-17

A41-207, C-17

A41-207, C-17

A41-209, C-17

A41-209, C-17

A41-209, C-17

Logs

Aircraft involved. Any updates?

Registration Type Unit Remarks
A41-209 C-17A RAAF 36 sqn
A41-211 C-17A RAAF 36 sqn
A41-207 C-17A RAAF 36 sqn
A39-002 KC-30A RAAF 33 sqn Not involved in air-bridge
G-988 C-130H RNLAF 336 sqn
G-781 C-130H RNLAF 336 sqn
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