Liam Sweeney's father Barry travelled to the Netherlands to witness the return of 44 bodies from the wreckage of flight MH17. ITV News Tyne Tees was invited to join him on the emotional journey. See Kenny Toal's full report here.
Liam Sweeney's father Barry has placed a wreath outside of Schiphol Airport in memory of his son and fellow Newcastle United fan John Alder. Both men were killed on flight MH17 on their way to support their beloved team.
Tributes have been left at Schiphol Airport to those who died in the MH17 Malaysia Airlines flight disaster. Barry Sweeney, father of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney, will be laying a wreath here later. Barry says he is also there as a representative of John Alder's relatives.
There's an anxious wait tonight (July 23) for the father of one of the two Newcastle United fans killed aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which was downed in the Ukraine last Thursday. Barry Sweeney has travelled to Einhoven to see if the body of his son Liam, and that of John Alder, were among those flown back to the Netherlands this afternoon.
The bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines disaster in eastern Ukraine have been arriving in the Netherlands.
Crowds have been gathering to pay their respects near the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
The family of Liam Sweeney, the 28-year-old Newcastle fan who died in the incident, travelled to Eindhoven today (Wednesday 23rd July). 63-year-old Magpies fan John Alder was also killed in the suspected attack.
About 60 coffins containing victims of the MH17 disaster are expected in the Netherlands on the first flights from Kharkiv, a Dutch government spokesperson has said.
Two military transport planes, one each from the Netherlands and Australia, are currently flying the bodies to Eindhoven Airport.
There was some confusion about how many of the 282 corpses the rebels said they had found were on the train which arrived yesterday in Kharkiv.
A Dutch official in charge of the international team dealing with the dead said that at least 200 bodies were aboard the train and that more remains could be found once the body bags are examined fully.
A plane carrying the bodies of some victims of the MH17 air disaster has departed for the Netherlands from Ukraine. The families of some of the victims, including Liam Sweeney's family, are gathering in Amsterdam.
A plane carrying the bodies of some victims of the MH17 air disaster has departed for the Netherlands from Ukraine.
A guard of honour was formed by the Ukrainian air force, as representatives from many of the nations mourning victims watched on.
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