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Dutch Hold Day of Mourning for Jet Crash Victims


Two military planes carrying the bodies of some of the passengers killed in last week's Malaysia airlines landed in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on Wednesday.

Their arrival brings some consolation to grieving families who must now wait for positive identifications and for answers about who caused the disaster.

"If I have to wait five months for identification, I can do it," said Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand, whose son, Bryce, and his girlfriend, Daisy Oehlers, were among those killed. "Waiting while the bodies were in the field and in the train was a nightmare."

Most of the 298 people aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 were Dutch citizens.

As the bodies began arriving in the Netherlands, the government declared a day of national mourning.

"This terrible disaster has left a deep wound in our society," King Willem-Alexander said after meeting with some of the grieving famlies. "The scar will be visible and tangible for years to come."

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