Final MH17 flight lands in Kuala Lumpur
The final Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight bearing the call number MH17 touched down safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 6.31am on Friday (July 25)..
MAS announced earlier in the week that the call number for the daily route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur would be retired effective July 25, following the untimely death of all 298 people on board the MH17 flight that was shot down in Ukraine on July 17.
The new call number for the route is MH19, which will operate at the same frequency as before, reported The Star Online.
Malaysian passenger Nurulhuda Abdul Hadi said she was a little worried when she boarded her flight in Amsterdam on Thursday.
It (the flight) was very calm. Before I boarded the plane, I said a bit of prayer and it was good,” said the 26 year-old, who added that the flight was packed.
“I was quite surprised actually. I thought people would be cancelling the flight,” she said
An official statement from MAS said the change in call number was to honour the crew and passengers of the ill-fated flight.
Malaysian probe team leaves crash site
Malaysia's three-man MH17 investigation team has left the crash site after three days of visits here.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said that the team, which arrived on Tuesday, left Thursday evening.
"I believe the Malaysians have finished for now and they'll be heading back to Kiev," he told reporters in Donetsk, Ukraine.
The Malaysian team, he said, took an interest in fuselage they found on Wednesday that seemed to have holes caused by possible shrapnel that were not seen in other wreckage.
Thursday's visit also saw the monitors spotting a set of human remains, with Bociurkiw adding that another set had been seen on Wednesday.
They also found a large piece of the plane in a wooded area with its windows still intact, along with "plenty" of personal belongings spotted nearby.
Source: Star Online