Four days after a missile shot down Malaysia Flight 17 in Ukraine, the remains of some of the 298 victims are headed home.
Ukrainian separatists agreed Monday with Malaysia to let a train with some of the bodies to leave the crash region for Amsterdam where the flight originated. President Obama is accusing the pro-Russian rebels of blocking the investigation by denying experts safe access to the crash scene.
If anyone knows about the science and challenges of recovering and identifying bodies, it is Dr. Bill Bass. The retired founder of the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm” is one of the top forensic anthropologists in the world. Bass said he has paid close attention to the coverage of the crash site.
"I’ve been keeping up with it every time I turn on the television. Anytime you have an aircraft crash, you’re getting into my area," said Bass. "As a forensic anthropologist, my job in a situation like this would be to identify the individuals. From what I’ve seen, the crash scene and the debris field has already been extremely compromised."
Bass has worked to train FBI disaster response and recovery teams for 17 years. He says the first rule is to secure the scene of a crime or disaster.
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