18:26 24.11.2014

MH17 wreckage to be sent to Netherlands by road, not railway - Kharkiv governor

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MH17 wreckage to be sent to Netherlands by road, not railway - Kharkiv governor

The wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 777 plane, which crashed in the Donetsk region, will be transported from Kharkiv to the Netherlands by road, Ihor Baluta, the head of the Kharkiv regional state administration, has said.

"A decision was made today to drop plans for railway transportation … Initially we chose the Lviv region where the train was to arrive from the Netherlands, and reloading would begin from our train. We dropped that idea. Four Dutch transport experts are coming tomorrow who, upon examination of the cargo contained in the railcars, will organize its auto transportation to Holland," Baluta told reporters on Monday after meeting with Dutch officials.

He also said the cargo will undergo customs clearance in Kharkiv.

The exact date when the wreckage will be sent from Kharkiv will be announced by the experts after its examination, Baluta said.

It was reported that last Sunday a special train consisting of 12 freight railcars and one passenger railcar, accompanied by international experts, arrived in Kharkiv from the Pelahiyivka train station (in the Donetsk region). Earlier two trailer trucks carrying the plane wreckage had arrived in Kharkiv.

The train is now at the Osnova train station; the trailers are on the grounds of Malyshev Plant.

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