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Eliminated contestant ‘devastated’

Written By kom limapulan on Kamis, 24 Juli 2014 | 19.39

Emelia's pastry skills ensure her spot in the semi-final.

Silver lining ... Eliminated MasterChef contestant Jamie Fleming has a new job as a head chef. Source: Supplied

FORMER bartender Jamie Fleming is "absolutely devastated" at being eliminated with just days to go before Monday night's MasterChef finale.

"To go that far in the competition and practically taste it, (having) a 25 per cent chance of winning that title and to fall down at the last hurdle was absolutely devastating," the North Turramurra resident says. "But I'm very proud of how far I got and the last three are very deserving."

Jamie has already landed on his feet however, scoring a plum head chef role at new Sydney restaurant Wilhelmina's.

The three remaining contestants heading into Sunday's service challenge semi-final are the youngest ever: Victorians Brent Owen and Emelia Jackson, both 24, and South Australia's Laura Cassai, 19.

After Brent, Emelia and Jamie all struggled with Wednesday's service challenge at Vue De Monde they were confronted with an even tougher pressure test — recreating Sepia chef Martin Benn's 40-step dessert, Chocolate Forest Floor.

Intricate ... the Chocolate Forest Floor dish from Sepia restaurant. Source: Supplied

The intricate dish contains 14 elements including lavender, almond and praline cream, chocolate ganache, tempered chocolate discs, crystallised fennel fronds, cherry brandy jellies and sour cherry sorbet.

Jamie wasn't pleased at his fourth dessert challenge in five pressure tests.

"How many desserts did I have to do?" he asks. "It was ridiculous. Four (pressure tests) were desserts and none of them I was very happy about."

Contender ... Brent Owens has gone through to the MasterChef semi-final. Source: Supplied

Dessert queen Emelia powered through the challenge with only a few minor issues. That left it a race between Brent and Jamie but it wasn't a level playing field. As the winner of Wednesday's challenge, Brent had already practised the recipe the night before. While his dish lacked finesse and he struggled with the jelly, Jamie ran into ever more problems, failing to temper his chocolate properly, splitting his lavender cream and leaving off the finger limes.

After four months of filming, those mistakes sent him home to partner Rhinannon and their 20-month-old daughter, Amelie.

"When I left she was very much a baby … and by the time I came back she was chatting," he says, adding Rhiannon's support had been unwavering even as she dealt with another pregnancy and looking after a toddler.

"When we did get a chance to speak it was always 100 per cent support," he says. "I was having tough days and in hindsight, probably nowhere near as tough as the days she was having and I love her to death."

Under pressure ... Jamie Fleming in a service challenge earlier in the competition. Source: Supplied

Jamie currently works at the Steel Bar and Grill in Wynyard but in less than a month he'll take up a position as head chef at a new Sydney venue called Wilhelmina's, specialising in local produce and cool cocktails.

"As cheesy as it sounds MasterChef has changed my life," he says. "To be offered a head chef job because of being on MasterChef is ridiculous. I'm very thankful for the leg up."

Sunday's semi-final sees the three remaining contestants tasked with creating a two-course meal they'd serve at their dream restaurant for 20 diners. The finale airs on Monday.


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Contact lost with Algerian plane

Air Algerie says it has lost contact with one of its aircraft after it took off from Burkina Faso.

No sign ... a plane has lost contact with air traffic controllers from Algeria. Picture: Remy de la Mauviniere Source: AP

AN Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people disappeared off radar almost an hour after taking off from Burkina Faso, with reports that it has crashed in Niger.

The national carrier of Algeria says it lost contact with flight AH5017 nearly an hour after it took off bound for Algiers.

"Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane today flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff," the airline said today, cited by national news agency APS.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.

Air Algerie said the company initiated an "emergency plan" in the search for flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.

Many French nationals are thought to be on board the plane, Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said on Thursday.

Top civil aviation officials are holding an emergency meeting and a crisis cell has been set up, he said after a government meeting.

"What we know is that it was an Air Algerie flight that was carrying many French people," he said.

A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9, which can seat up to some 135 passengers, chartered from a Portuguese firm.

According to a source within Air Algerie, about 110 people are listed as being on board the flight.

The official Algerian news agency said air navigation services lost track of the plane early on Thursday (11.55am AEST).

The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.

Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.

A company source said contact with the aircraft was lost on Thursday while it was still in Malian airspace approaching the border with Algeria.

Despite an international military intervention still under way, the situation remains unstable in northern Mali, which was seized by jihadist groups for several months in 2012.

On July 17, the Bamako government and armed groups from northern Mali launched tough talks in Algiers aimed at securing an elusive peace deal, and with parts of the country still mired in conflict.

"The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route," the Air Algerie source said.

"Contact was lost after the change of course."

Passersby walk past the Air Algerie company office, on the Opera Avenue in Paris. The French transport minister said there may have been 50 French nationals on the plane. Picture: Remy de la Mauviniere Source: AP

One of Algeria's worst air disasters occurred in February this year, when a C-130 military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in poor weather in the mountainous northeast, killing more than 70 people.

The plane was flying from the desert garrison town of Tamanrasset in Algeria's deep south to Constantine, 320 kilometres east of Algiers.

Tamanrasset was the site of the country's worst-ever civilian air disaster, in March 2003.

In that accident, all but one of 103 people on board were killed when an Air Algerie passenger plane crashed on takeoff after one of its engines caught fire.

The sole survivor, a young Algerian soldier, was critically injured.

In December 2012, two Algerian military jets on a routine training mission collided in mid-air near Tlemcen in the northwest, killing both pilots.

A month earlier, a twin-turboprop CASA C-295 military transport aircraft, which was carrying a cargo of paper for the printing of banknotes in Algeria, crashed in southern France.

The five soldiers and one central bank representative on board were all killed.


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‘We still think she is alive’

There was a personal plea from a Perth mother to the Prime Minister to bring her daughter home from the wreckage of MH17.

THE distraught parents of MH17 victim Fatima Dyczynski say their daughter is still alive and have embarked on a desperate mission to Donetsk in the Ukraine to find her.

"We still think she is alive so today we fly to Donetsk and we find her,'' Dr Dyczynski said after arriving at Schiphol Airport, in Amsterdam, the scene of his daughter's last contact with them, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with their daughter's picture and the words 'Fatima We Love You'.

Mrs Dyczynski said: "we want to go this night''.

The Dyczynski couple only stayed five hours in Amsterdam before boarding their flight to Kiev in what they know will be a difficult trek to the crash site.

But the immense stress of the past few days has understandably begun to take its toll on the emotional health of the couple.

After warmly embracing her daughter's close friend Ces de la Cruz – the lady who had placed a touching memorial to Fatima, remembering her with a coffee cup - Mrs Dyczynski abruptly turned to her and warned with pointed finger "do not talk to the media or anyone or you will be killed from our family. I do not want to see your name anywhere, understand'' - before grasping her arm and insisting she accompany them into the departure lounge.

EARLIER: Fatima farewelled with a coffee cup

She had earlier disputed with the Dutch officials assisting the family, including a chaplain and KLM liaison officers but they were unable to persuade her to reconsider undertaking such a gruelling journey.

The family from Perth has been unable to accept the tragedy that their only child, a space scientist, was on the flight until they have incontrovertible proof.

Dr Dyczynski said there may have been a remote possibility that she could have been catapulted into the sky, still strapped to her seat and if it had remained intact, may have cushioned the impact of hitting the ground.

He believes the extremely cold temperatures at such altitude of 33,000 feet could have caused a hibernation of the brain which countered the heat of the explosion.

Looking for their daughter ... George and Angela Dyczynski, parents of MH17 victim Fatima Dyczynski arrive at Schipohl airport this morning, and visit the flower memorial outside the airport with a Chaplin. Source: News Corp Australia

One of Fatima's friends said she was supposed to be on a different flight and was unsure why she changed.

The Dutch-based friends of Fatima have been helping the family pinpoint her last movements, checking credit cards and the location of her car.

Dr and Mrs Dyczynski came to Amsterdam to provide further medical and DNA samples for the forensic team to help identify remains.

Dr Dyczynski said: ''We have a connecting flight to Donetsk and to the site where the aircraft attack was. We believe she's alive. Did you see the CNN report about the mobile phones? So we go,'' he said.

Is she alive? ... MH17 victim Fatima Dyczynski. Source: TheAustralian

When asked if government officials were taking them he said, "no, we go on our own but we have a lot of support of people from the media, the government."

Malaysia Airlines has backed away from flying any bereaved family members to the crash site because of extreme safety concerns. Several days after the July 17 disaster, airline officials told News Corp only four family members had expressed any interest in tang up the airlines initial offer to fly any next of kin to the area.

The Dyczynski's were being accommodated in the special family hotel in Amsterdam organised by the airline during their Dutch stay over and it is understood they have had to pay and organise their own flights to the Ukraine because officially it is an unsafe destination.

Desperate for closure ... George and Angela Dyczynski, parents of MH17 victim Fatima Dyczynski arrive at Schipohl airport this morning, accompanied by a chaplain. Source: News Corp Australia

But their grieving anger spilled over to the Dutch police who insisted they provide further medical information about their daughter before being allowed to visit the nearby makeshift memorial at the Schiphol Airport. The police also refused to allow them to make a brief statement.

Mrs Dyczynski said to the police: "You didn't double check what we want, you ask us, we have a program and you have also a program and you cooperate with us.''

When a police officer told Mrs Dyczynski she could see the memorial later, she said:" I am the mum of Fatima and I represent a well known scientist, a beautiful girl and represent a very very special person. You are third, Fatima first, then me and then you.''

About 15 minutes later the family visited the memorial but did not make a statement.


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Air Algerie flight missing over Mali

Air Algerie says it has lost contact with one of its aircraft after it took off from Burkina Faso.

No sign ... a plane has lost contact with air traffic controllers from Algeria. Picture: Remy de la Mauviniere Source: AP

AN Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people disappeared off radar almost an hour after taking off from Burkina Faso, with reports that it has crashed in Niger.

The national carrier of Algeria says it lost contact with flight AH5017 nearly an hour after it took off bound for Algiers.

"Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane today flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff," the airline said today, cited by national news agency APS.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.

Air Algerie said the company initiated an "emergency plan" in the search for flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.

Many French nationals are thought to be on board the plane, Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said on Thursday.

Top civil aviation officials are holding an emergency meeting and a crisis cell has been set up, he said after a government meeting.

"What we know is that it was an Air Algerie flight that was carrying many French people," he said.

A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9, which can seat up to some 135 passengers, chartered from a Portuguese firm.

According to a source within Air Algerie, about 110 people are listed as being on board the flight.

The official Algerian news agency said air navigation services lost track of the plane early on Thursday (11.55am AEST).

The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.

Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.

A company source said contact with the aircraft was lost on Thursday while it was still in Malian airspace approaching the border with Algeria.

Despite an international military intervention still under way, the situation remains unstable in northern Mali, which was seized by jihadist groups for several months in 2012.

On July 17, the Bamako government and armed groups from northern Mali launched tough talks in Algiers aimed at securing an elusive peace deal, and with parts of the country still mired in conflict.

"The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route," the Air Algerie source said.

"Contact was lost after the change of course."

Passersby walk past the Air Algerie company office, on the Opera Avenue in Paris. The French transport minister said there may have been 50 French nationals on the plane. Picture: Remy de la Mauviniere Source: AP

One of Algeria's worst air disasters occurred in February this year, when a C-130 military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in poor weather in the mountainous northeast, killing more than 70 people.

The plane was flying from the desert garrison town of Tamanrasset in Algeria's deep south to Constantine, 320 kilometres east of Algiers.

Tamanrasset was the site of the country's worst-ever civilian air disaster, in March 2003.

In that accident, all but one of 103 people on board were killed when an Air Algerie passenger plane crashed on takeoff after one of its engines caught fire.

The sole survivor, a young Algerian soldier, was critically injured.

In December 2012, two Algerian military jets on a routine training mission collided in mid-air near Tlemcen in the northwest, killing both pilots.

A month earlier, a twin-turboprop CASA C-295 military transport aircraft, which was carrying a cargo of paper for the printing of banknotes in Algeria, crashed in southern France.

The five soldiers and one central bank representative on board were all killed.


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‘Awesome’ Aussies smashing records already

The 20th Commonwealth Games kicked off with a bang in Glasgow after the opening ceremony celebrated all things Scottish.

Matthew Glaetzer sprints to a Commonwealth Games record. Source: Getty Images

QUEEN PULLS OFF GREATEST PHOTOBOMB EVER WITH HOCKEYROOS

ONE does enjoy photobombing selfies, doesn't one?

Queen Elizabeth II decided to crash a picture taken by hockeyroo Jayde Taylor and based on the mischievous grin, wasn't Her Majesty just loving it.

You won't be surprised to hear that the pic has gone gangbusters on social media.

HOY HAILS 'AWESOME' YOUNG AUSSIE AFTER GAMES RECORD SMASHED

OUR pedal-pushers look in good nick already, with Matthew Glaetzer and Peter Lewis smashing the Commonwealth Games record in men's sprint qualifying.

The pair both went inside Shane Perkins' previous best of 10.058secs with scorching rides on the opening day of competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Reece Homfray writes.

Matthew Glaetzer of Australia breaks the Commonwealth record during sprint qualifying. Source: Getty Images

Newcastle's Lewis momentarily held the Games record when he clocked 9.975 but eventually finished fourth fastest of the session after Adelaide's Glaetzer took top spot with an amazing 9.779.

The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting prospects in international sprinting and his performance drew a response from the greatest track sprint cyclist of all time in Sir Chris Hoy who described it on Twitter as "awesome".

SCHEDULE: QUICK GUIDE TO THE BEST OF DAY 1

Prince Imran gets the top off, no thanks to that other bloke. Source: AP

PRINCE REVEALS BATON FARCE INJURY, SAYS HOY NOT MUCH HELP

It was one of the moments of the Opening Ceremony: Malaysia's Prince Imran struggling to open the Queen's Baton as millions looked on and cringed for him.

Well today he revealed that it wasn't just his pride that got hurt as he unveiled the cut thumb he suffered while trying to pull the message out of the contraption for 15 nerve-wracking seconds.

"There was some collateral damage, I cut my thumb on that wonderful piece of Scottish engineering. It was my fault, nothing to do with the makers of the baton," he said.

"All's well that ends well, and Her Majesty enjoyed it very much as well."

He also revealed that despite being hailed as the saviour of the situation, Sir Chris Hoy actually made things worse.

"I am not sure Chris Hoy helped by closing the thing as he tried to help me," he said.

PIC SPECIAL: THE WEIRD, WACKY AND WONDERFUL OPENING CEREMONY

UK VIEW: ENGLAND GIVES NEIGHBOURS' CEREMONY THE THUMBS-UP

Fans won't be doin' 'The Mo' at this year's Commonwealth Games. Source: AP

MO BLOW FOR ORGANISERS AS FARAH PULLS OUT

TERRIBLE news for Commonwealth Games organisers and the England team this morning as track superstar and Olympic hero Mo Farah withdrew from competition.

The 5000m and 10,000m London Games champion was expected to repeat that double in Glasgow, but instead announced his withdrawal on the first day of competition.

The 31-year-old said after battling injury and illness he was not in the shape to perform and would instead concentrate on next month's European Championships.

With uncertainty still surrounding Usain Bolt's participation in the 4 x 100m relay, the track and field program may be severely lacking in star power this Games.

Sally Pearson will have an audience with the Queen. Picture: Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

OUR QUEEN OF THE TRACK TO MEET QEII

Sally Pearson will meet the Queen this afternoon, attending a royal luncheon along with Sevens captain Ed Jenkins.

The audience with Her Majesty may help ease any issues Pearson may have had with being overlooked as flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony, with Anna Meares handed the honour despite a string claim from the Olympic 100m hurdle champion.

Pearson has previously met the Queen and was also one of 200 Queenslanders to meet Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a function in Brisbane earlier this year.

AUSSIE SQUASH STAR 'EXEMPLARY' AFTER HEARTBREAKING DEPARTURE

Unusual development in the Aussie camp, with a player forced to go home after a compatriot won an appeal for the right to play.

The nation's third-ranked player Matthew Karwalski only found out on Tuesday that he had won his appeal to the sport's Court of Arbitration and arrival meant there was no place on the team for seventh-ranked Zac Alexander.

Alexander slipped away from the village quietly and was hailed by Australia's chef de mission Steve Moneghetti for handling the situation with "exemplary" good grace, describing him as an "incredible young man".

FULL COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCHEDULE

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Offspring’s big bombshell

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 23 Juli 2014 | 19.39

New man ... Ben Barrington as Thomas in Offspring. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

SPOILER alert. If you haven't yet watched tonight's episode of Offspring, look away now. If you have, can we please talk about what just happened?

It was a plot shock that few saw coming, and one which will have lasting ramifications.

Nina Proudman, the main character played by Asher Keddie, has had a very ordinary year.

First her brooding partner Patrick died suddenly. Mere days later she had a baby, which she was forced to raise alone.

Now she's juggling new motherhood, her demanding job as a doctor, a cast of weird friends and family, and the ever-present Patrick grief that has dominated her thoughts.

The long and difficult road that has played out in the current season of the Network Ten hit series has been made a bit easier with the support of her quirky family.

Also helping Nina to slowly move on is single dad and man mountain, Thomas, a handsome distraction played by Ben Barrington who viewers met a few weeks back.

Handsome distraction ... Thomas, played by Ben Barrington, has given Nina, played by Asher Keddie, reason to smile. Source: Channel 10

OPINION: How much more can an Offspring fan take?

Since then, the pair have enjoyed awkward but touching dates, bonded over being single parents and braved a Proudman family function together.

All was going well and we fans were given some hope that happiness was on the horizon. And then tonight happened.

To recap, Nina was at work at St Francis when a heavily pregnant woman was brought in after going into early labour.

The patient, it was explained, had been booked to have her baby at a different hospital on the other side of town. But with no time to move her, she was admitted.

Nina and midwife-slash-failed-one-night-stand Leo, played by Patrick Brammall, kept the expectant mother calm while her husband made his way to the hospital.

In the final moments of this tense episode, he arrived. And it was Thomas.

Yes — Thomas. Nina's baldheaded gentle giant. The one we hoped might give her the happiness her life has been desperately missing.

Hold the phone — Nina's bloke Thomas did what?! Source: Supplied

There he was, sitting by his wife's side as she prepared to give birth to his child. Thomas was oblivious about the poo storm he had just waded into, until he saw Leo.

Nina had no clue about what was about to hit her.

She was pottering around somewhere else in the hospital, presumedly swapping her trademark over-sized scarf for an even bigger, drapier one.

As she prepared to re-enter the room, Leo bailed her up and broke the horrifying news.

He must've been mistaken, Nina insisted. Maybe it was another oversized bloke with a hybrid Kiwi accent and dopey puppy dog eyes.

Revelations ... Nina's sister Billie, played by Kat Stewart, will spit chips when she finds out what man mountain Thomas has been up to. Source: Channel 10

But when she peeked through the glass pane in the door, there was no denying it. The big ball of man was none other than her Thomas.

Or, as it turned out, someone else's Thomas.

End scene, roll credits, cut to Australia collectively picking up their jaws from the floor.

There are two more episodes until the season finale, which may wind up being the end of Offspring all together.

Growing speculation suggests Ten won't renew the drama, so the next few weeks could be the last chance to lap up Nina and the Proudmans.

Either way, let's hope there's some swift justice for cheating dog Thomas.

What did you think of the twist in Offspring tonight? Comment below.


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Fifty Shades pulled off The Project

WARNING: NUDITY An alleged fake trailer of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been making the rounds online and fans are unimpressed with the naughty teaser.

THE saga that is the Fifty Shades of Grey movie continues with the studio behind it ordering The Project to pull a sit-down interview with the two stars.

In a statement to Channel 10 tonight Universal Pictures said it "chose not to release the (film) content because we feel it didn't give the fans what we know they are looking for. We feel the trailer does that itself."

The "first look" clip from the movie — due out in February 2015 — was for a story on The Project this Friday night.

Fifty Shades of Grey ... the wait continues. Source: Supplied

Offspring actor and Ten's favourite new go-to girl Celia Pacquola had talked to the film's two stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who play billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele, in London.

The film, based on a blockbuster trilogy of a pulpy romance-bondage books by British writer EL James, has been dogged by rumour before the first frame was shot, largely around its casting choices. Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam was replaced by the smoother yet lesser known Dornan, who, talk suggests, has little chemistry with Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

Universal will now release a trailer at midnight on Thursday.

Jamie Dornan ... stars in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie. Source: Instagram


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‘We shot down MH17 plane’: rebel

PM Tony Abbott says two of the Australian victims of the MH17 disaster will be transported to the Netherlands this afternoon, but many bodies are still unaccounted for.

All the latest developments on the MH17 disaster.

The refrigerated train carrying the remains of those killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has reached the government-controlled city of Kharkiv, finishing the first part of a journey out of the conflict zone where they have been stuck for days. WSJ's Margaret Coker reports. (Photo: Getty Images)

10.28pm:

TWO Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30pm local time on Wednesday (7:30pm AEST) over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defence Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

8.06pm

The Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has discussed Australia being part of a peacekeeping force to send troops to East Ukraine as part of a multinational effort to secure the crash site of MH17.

Prime Minister Rutte told the Ukrainian prime minister of the country's options in a telephone call Wednesday night. His remarks have been released by Ukrainian officials in Kiev and reported in Dutch media but the Dutch government has refused to comment.

According to the Dutch media reports their government is "seriously considering'' sending soldiers or police, along with forces from other countries involved in the air disaster on July 17 to preserve the remainder of plane and its belongings. They say Rutte has spoken to Australian prime minister Tony Abbott and others about the plan.

The governments are frustrated that the plane and passenger belongings continue to be interfered with, compromising the investigation into the cause of the disaster.

7.19pm:

A pro-Russian militiaman has said his forces shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to a report in an Italian newspaper.

The Independent reports that when the disaster happened the rebel was told by his superiors that they had hit a Ukrainian military craft. "'We hit a plane from Kiev,' our commanders told us. "We thought we'd be fighting Ukrainian pilots landing in parachutes but instead we came across the corpses of civilians, the remains of bodies, along with suitcases and bags," he told Corriere della Sera newspaper.

The paramilitary was from the Oplot fighting unit. He was speaking at the Torez railway station where the bodies were being kept in five refrigerated wagons.

The militiaman would not reveal his name or rank, but the newspaper's website published his photograph with the story.

7.15pm:

"Our pain is intense and restless. We live in a hell beyond hell."

That's the message of Perth parents Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris, who lost their three children, as well as Mrs Norris's father, Anthony Norris, when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot out of the sky last Thursday.

In their first public statement since returning to WA on Sunday, the heartbroken parents said no one deserves the pain they are suffering, "not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky".

The statement, printed here, was released through the Department of Foreign Affairs today.

Family heartbroken ... Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin lost their lives in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 diasaster. Source: News Corp Australia

6.23pm:

Wooden coffins were brought out on the tarmac of a Ukrainian airport as the first plane carrying corpses recovered from the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 readied to leave for the Netherlands.

Australia's special envoy to Ukraine, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston farewelled the first of the bodies of MH17 victims.

"We stand together, united and determined to give those who are lost the respect and dignity they deserve as they make their journeys back to their homelands and their loved ones," Mr Houston said at the ceremony.

Australia's Special Envoy ... Angus Houston speaks at a departure ceremony for the victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to the Netherlands. Picture: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

He thanked the Ukraine people and government for their help. Mr Houston stood with Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and a representative of the Dutch government to observe a moment's silence for the dead before the aircraft carrying their remains departed.

Mr Groysman said the flight was shot down by "shoulder-fired missiles of the Russian army".

"(The passengers) were dreaming about their holiday destinations but the flight was downed," he said.

Honouring our victims ... Ukrainian soldiers carry coffins with the remains of a victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash. Picture: Genya Savilov Source: AFP

"Those people who are guilty of this terrorist act will be punished." Australia's ambassador to Ukraine Jean Dunn and the London defence attache Colonel Peter Steel also attended the ramp ceremony, along with officials from the Netherlands and Malaysia. The coffins of fewer than 20 victims were loaded one by one onto a Dutch C-130 and an Australian C-17 by the surrounding guardsmen. The bodies are being taken direct to Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands, where they'll be officially received by the Dutch king and queen, and Australia's representative, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

On the move ... Ukrainian soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Picture: Genya Savilov Source: AFP

5.52pm:

The first planeload of MH17 victims is due to arrive later tonight in Eindhoven, in the south of the Netherlands, on an Australian RAF c-17 and a Dutch military plane, writes Jacquelin Magnay. The plane will be greeted by Dutch royalty, King Willem Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima, as well as the Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and dignitaries from all of the 11 nations mourning their losses from the flight.

Journey home ... Australia's Boeing C-17 will transport the victims to Eindhoven. Source: AFP

After arriving in Eindhoven, the MH17 victims will be taken to Oudheusden Kazerne near Hilversum, a town 30 minutes outside Amsterdam.

It's a leafy place, and the military base is in the midst of a soothing forest. A team of 150 forensic specialists has been deployed to the base to help in the identification process.

5.40pm:

This heartbreaking graphic shows the seating plan for MH17's Australian passengers.

5.16pm:

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston has told Mr Abbott an international investigation of the full crash site is vital because it may uncover more human remains, personal effects or pieces of wreckage.

The full site is about 50 square kilometres and covers farm fields and villages.

"We need a large team conducting a forensic search, a proper scouring of the site to identify anything that may have been missed up until now," Mr Abbott said.

"It might be the partial remains of a loved one. It might be a small, but critical, piece of the aircraft or the missile that is the key to the investigation." New bits of wreckage had been found as recently as Tuesday. Such an intensive search could only be done if the site was secure, Mr Houston told Mr Abbott.

5.10pm:

"It is quite possible that many bodies are still out there in the open in the European summer subject to interference and subject to the ravages of heat and animals," Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra.

The Prime Minister has "serious concerns" about the collection of the remains.

"It has been up until now quite unprofessional," he said.

"As long as it's possible that there are any Australian remains out there we owe it to the families to do our utmost to recover them."

Site tramped ... a pro-Russian rebel touches the MH17 wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Source: AP

4.59pm:

The PM says it is possible the bodies of some Australian victims have been left "in the open at the crash site".

"It is unacceptable for the victims never to come home, he said, and the Australian Government owes it to the families to recover the bodies.

4.55pm:

Tony Abbott says the securing of the site — allowing full access of the site for an investigation — was at the heart of the UN resolution.

4.40pm:

The bodies of two Australian victims of the MH17 disaster are set to be transported to the Netherlands this afternoon, PM Tony Abbott says.

Morgue ... the train carrying the bodies recovered from the downed Malaysian flight MH17 arrives at the Malyshev Plant in Kharkiv. Source: AFP

The Australian victims will be received with honour by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Based on early inspection of the carriages in Kharkiv, Mr Abbott said "we just don't know how many bodies we have".

"It is possible that some bodies are still out there in the European summer, subject to the ravages of heat and animals, " Mr Abbott said.

The Prime Minister said "we owe it to the families to do our utmost" to recover the 37 Australian victims.

"We will bring them home. We will bring all of them home. We must bring all of them home."

4.14pm:

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is set to give a media conference on the MH17 disaster.

2.27pm:

Australian officials in Ukraine are hoping they'll soon have access to the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site.

Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is heading Operation Bring Them Home, told the ABC that things are moving quickly near the site and his team should get access "in the near future".

1.45pm:

AUSTRALIAN disaster experts could be allowed access to the MH17 crash sites as soon as today — and are fully braced for the investigative nightmare which awaits.

But News Corp's Charles Miranda can report the area, in eastern Ukraine, remains littered with personal belongins and important flight log books and passports of those aboard the doomed flight.

Sorry sight .... the main crash site of MH17 is left deserted. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

And, in a shocking example of evidence tampering, local emergency workers have been seen using angle grinders to cut up parts of the cockpit and front fuselage section of the Boeing Aircraft.

Later they used their van with a steel cable on a tow bar to drag the jet apart, unwittingly destroying potentially vital evidence.

1pm:

Former US president Bill Clinton has praised Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for her tireless work in securing a United Nations resolution so quickly after the MH17 disaster. Mr Clinton's speech at the International Aids Conference in Melbourne was crashed by a gang of rowdy protesters carrying home-made banners.

Praise for Australia ... former US president Bill Clinton waves as he leaves the 20th International AIDS Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Source: Getty Images

11.40am:

Air crash investigators are unlikely to safely gain extended access to Flight MH17's sprawling crash site due to rising tensions in Donetsk as anger grows over the 100 missing bodies that remain unaccounted for.

Ukraine's Parliament has approved the call up of all men under the age of 50 for a military assault on the separatist stronghold, which may hamper the investigation even further.

The multinational team of aviation experts, including three Australians, had hoped to arrive at the crash site outside Donetsk to begin the forensic investigation of the cause of the crash.

Ukraine, however, has ordered a mass mobilisation against the two remaining separatists stronghold cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, the latter of which is expected to be conquered by government troops by this weekend.

Examiniation ... a Malaysian air crash investigator takes pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Source: AP

For the past three days outlaying towns and villages have been seized back by Ukrainian troops with varying reports on the number of casualties.

MH17 DAMAGE: Telltale signs of a supersonic hit

US intelligence officials say it is highly likely the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed by mistake by ill-trained pro-Russian seperatists using an SA-11 surface-to-air missile.

They said Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the plane being shot down, but there was no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

In his first lengthy response since the tragedy, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed it would do "everything in its power" to ensure the investigation can take place with the Kiev Government interpreting the remark as meaing Russia would further aid the separatists.

Train and bus stations in Donetsk are packed as people scramble to evacuate the city. Shops also began boarding up their shop windows despite the shops having been closed anyway since the chaos began in earnest in March.

Road blocks and separatists outposts visited by News Corp Australia saw an increase in military activity while in the city itself plain clothed intelligence officers are moving about public squares randomly performing identification checks.

Not all victims recovered

Dutch investigators overnight said there were still bodies on the ground at the crash site, contradicting Ukraine's claim they had all been removed.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands to receive the bodies of the Australians killed in the disaster.

"As far as we know at this moment we are talking about 200 victims which means there are probably remains left in the area where this disaster took place," leading investigator Jan Tuinder said.

"We are not sure of that but that's what I think at this moment. Certain is 200 victims that we are taking out."

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) added weight to Mr Tuinder's assertions, claiming body parts still lay scattered at the crash site.

"There were human remains that had not been picked up," OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said after visiting the scene.

"What struck us is that we did not monitor any recovery activity in place," he said, pointing out that OSCE observers saw human remains in at least two areas at the sprawling crash site in rebel-held territory.

Horror scene ... Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove. Picture: Bulent Kilic Source: AFP

MH17 'shot down by mistake'

Evidence gathered so far suggests separatists launched the SA-11 surface-to-air missile that blew up the Malaysian airliner, but it remains unclear "who pulled the trigger" and why, said a senior US intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"The most plausible explanation ... was that it was a mistake," and that the missile was fired by "an ill-trained crew" using a system that requires some skill and training, the official said.

They said Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the plane being shot down, but there was no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

In terms of who fired the missile, "we don't know a name, we don't know a rank and we're not even 100 per cent sure of a nationality," one official said, adding at another point, "There is not going to be a Perry Mason moment here."

Standing guard ... a pro-Russian separatist patrols the MH17 crash site. Picture: Dominique Faget Source: AFP

Russian operatives have been spotted on the ground in eastern Ukraine but the US intelligence community had no explicit proof that Russians were with the SA-11 unit that fired on the airliner, officials said.

US satellite and other "technical" intelligence confirmed the airliner with 298 people on board was hit by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by the pro-Russian rebels.

Although the United States had observed a flow of heavy weapons, including air defence systems, into Ukraine from Russia, intelligence agencies had not seen the larger SA-11 missiles being moved into the country before the airliner was downed, officials said.

The Russian military had been training the rebels at a large base in Rostov on various weapons, including air defence systems.

But US officials said there was no explicit evidence of the Russians training the separatists on the SA-11 missile batteries.

THE HORROR OF MH17

Long road home for MH17 victims

A priority air corridor between Kharkiv in Ukraine and Eindhoven in The Netherlands will begin today as Operation Bring Them Home swings into action.

The remains of Australia's 36 victims and the remaining passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be prepared in Kharkiv overnight as Dutch investigators led the process of organising transport into the Dutch military base near Eindhoven.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands to receive the bodies of the Australians killed in the disaster.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he has asked Sir Peter to travel to the Netherlands.

He will be there for the arrival of Dutch and Australian aircraft carrying the remains.

"It is important for the families and for our nation that our people be received by one of our own," Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott says the identification of bodies could take some time.

"The task of identifying the victims is a process that must be conducted carefully and accurately," he said.

"By its very nature, it may take some weeks before we can honour the dead by returning them to those they loved and those that loved them. But we will bring them home." Mr Abbott says the government will transport victims' families to the Netherlands to accompany their loved ones home, if they so wish.

Standing guard ... Police officers secure the refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as it arrives in a Kharkiv factory. Picture: AP Source: AP

The first flight of bodies will fly into Holland sometime around lunchtime AEST, the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte announced.

"Recovery of our people remains our first priority,'' said Mr Rutte.

"That is our aim and it is expected that (Wednesday) in the course of the day the first plane with victims arrives in Eindhoven. We will continue until all the victims are at home."

The relatives of the families were all informed by personal phone calls of the arrangements being made.

The bodies will be transported using an Australian plane, a Boeing C-17 as well as a Dutch C-130.

ANALYSIS: MISSILE HIT MH17'S FRONT-LEFT ENGINE

World mourns ... woman lights candles for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. Picture: AP Source: AP

Identification could take months

Mr Rutte said that as soon as any bodies are identified the next of kin will be advised, and the remains will be released into their care as soon as it is practical to do so.

But he warned some of the bodies may take months to be identified.

He also cautioned that some of the bodies may not be able to be returned.

REBELS FINALLY HAND OVER BLACK BOXES

Mr Rutte also warned that the number of bodies on the train quoted by the rebels — 282 — may not be accurate.

It could be that around 200 bodies were on the trucks, he said.

The airlift of the bodies involves a shuttle of the planes "in a air corridor between Kharkiv and Einhoven,'' he told reporters.

"They will come in phases.''

IN PICTURES: WORLD MOURNS MH17

From Eindhoven, the victims will be transferred to the military base at Corporal Van Oudheusden Barracks in Hilversum.

This is the same town where the Dutch lost three entire families and the son of a fourth in the plane tragedy.

Tragic journey ... Police officers secure a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Picture: AP Source: AP

Australian forensic experts, including the team from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, led by Professor David Ranson will arrive in Amsterdam on Wednesday and will go straight to Hilversum.

The team will also include mortuary technicians, odontologists and fingerprint experts.

Relatives of the Australian victims have already provided police with DNA and other personal information about their loved ones which will also be used to help the identification process.

Professor Ranson said the work will be similar to identifying victims of the Victorian bushfires or the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

In memory ... Two KLM cabin crew reach out into a sea of flowers at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Picture: AP Source: AP

But the state of the bodies, which had laid in the hot Ukraine sun for nearly two days before being refrigerated, would not have helped stave off the decomposition.

The bodies of the Australian victims will ultimately be handed to a funeral contractor who will prepare them for the long journey home in specially iced caskets inside the cargo hold of the RAAF's biggest aircraft.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the task could take weeks and he did not rule out Australian involvement in a security operation around the crash site.

The United Nations Resolution authorises the presence of security elements on the ground and Mr Abbott said it should include countries whose citizens were killed and he again demanded that the site be secured.

Families waiting ... Police officers secure a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as it arrives in the Kharkiv railway station. Picture: AP Source: AP

'It looks more like a building demolition than a forensic investigation,' he said.

Mr Abbott said there was a ceasefire in place around the crash site and that would help investigators to do their work.

'I am much more optimistic today than I was yesterday,' he said.

Mr Abbott said he hoped the co-ordinator of Operation Bring Them Home, former defence boss Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, could visit the site as soon as possible.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the UN Security Council's unanimous adoption of Australia's strongly worded resolution sounded a warning to the pro-Russian separatists not to further contaminate the site or hamper investigators.

Sombre ... People attend a candlelight vigil to remember delegates who lost their lives on-board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route to the AIDS Conference 2014, at Federation Square in Melbourne. Picture: AFP Source: AFP


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'We live in a hell beyond hell'

Relatives of MH17 victims have begun the heartbreaking journey to bring them home.

"OUR pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell."

That's the message of Perth parents Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris, who lost their three children, as well as Mrs Norris's father, Nick Norris, when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot out of the sky last Thursday.

The Maslin children — Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis, 8 — were returning home from a holiday in Amsterdam in time for the school term.

Their parents chose to stay on for a few days — missing the doomed flight that killed their family.

In their first public statement since returning to WA on Saturday, the heartbroken parents said no one deserves the pain they are suffering, "not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky".

The statement, printed in full below, was released through the Department of Foreign Affairs this afternoon.

Evie, 10, Mo, 12, and Otis Maslin, 8. Picture supplied by the Maslin family. Source: Supplied

STATEMENT FROM ANTHONY MASLIN AND RIN NORRIS

A message to the soldiers in the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family.

Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell.

Our babies are not here with us — we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives.

No one deserves what we are going through.

Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other.

This is a revelation that gives us some comfort.

We would ask everyone to remember this when you are making any decisions that affect us and the other victims of this horror.

So far, every moment since we arrived home, we've been surrounded by family and friends. We desperately pray that this continues, because this expression of love is what is keeping us alive. We want to continue to know about your lives, all the good and all the bad. We no longer have lives that we want to live by ourselves. So we'd like to take the chance to thank everyone, all our incredible friends, family and communities, and to tell you all that we love you very much.

We would also like to thank the people at DFAT; the local co-ordinator Claire and most sincerely, Diana and Adrian from The Hague, without whom we would not be here. We ask the media to respect the privacy of our family and friends — pain is not a story.

Yours truly

Anthony Maslin & Marite Norris

Nick Norris, who was with his grandchildren Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin, on MH17. This picture was supplied by the Maslin-Norris family. Source: Supplied

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What the black boxes will tell us

The black box ... analysts have warned that they may not reveal all we would like to know about the final moments of MH17. Picture: Damien Simonart Source: AFP

ANYONE expecting the so-called "black boxes" from MH-17 to provide the 'smoking gun' on the tragedy — and who to blame — will be bitterly disappointed, according to experts.

But the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) will reveal vital clues such as the sound of impact and extent of damage.

Former senior air force officer and pilot John Oddie said the most important development that could come from the FDR and CVR, which are actually orange in colour, was the precise time that the missile struck the Boeing 777 aircraft.

BRING THEM HOME: Bodies depart Ukraine

INVESTIGATION: Forensic experts wait to access site

"That will line up with other events such as the firing of a missile to determine exactly when it was fired," the former Air Commodore said.

Mr Oddie said the FDR would not provide conclusive evidence about course deviations such as the 14km alteration that Russia says the aircraft undertook.

In a case such as MH17, where the crash scene had been severely contaminated, the flight data instruments would be even more important, but it is likely that other clues such as missile fragments embedded in the wreckage will ultimately sheet home blame.

The FDR will show what happened to the jet and possibly the force and direction of any impact.

Radar guided missiles usually attack the largest area of a target or the centre fuselage of an airliner, but there is a lag that could have resulted in the proximity fused weapon exploding close to the cockpit, instantly killing the pilots and preventing a radio call.

"If the crew couldn't get a message out the cockpit recorder is unlikely to show much at all," one expert said.

The handover ... a Malaysian investigator receives a black box from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from people who claimed to be officials from the Donetsk People's Republic. Picture: Dmitry Lovetsky Source: AP

Radar readings and the aircraft's Automated Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADSB), a position broadcast based on global positioning systems (GPS) data, will provide the best clues regarding the exact location of the plane when it disappeared.

Both FDR and CVR can only be used for investigation purposes and airlines must use other methods to monitor a flight's progress or the performance of an aircraft and its systems.

They are normally done using on board quick access recording for maintenance staff or via telemetry to transmit data to airline headquarters or an aircraft maker such as Boeing.

The cockpit voice recorder resets every two hours and will pick up anything said by the pilots or any other noises audible in the cockpit including a missile explosion and catastrophic decompression.

That would allow investigators to possibly isolate the type of weapon used.

Mr Oddie said it was possible that Russia's claim that a Ukrainian fighter jet was tracking the airliner from a distance of between three and five kms was feasible.

"If a fighter doesn't want an airliner to know it is there then it won't emit the signals used by collision avoidance systems," he said.

The flight recorders include a power supply and crash survivable memory unit encased in stainless steel or titanium and rated to withstand an impact of 3400 times the force of gravity and temperatures up to 1000 degrees C. They are stored in the tail of the aircraft.

The FDR records up to 100 flight parameters ranging from altitude and airspeed to fuel levels and flap settings.

The black boxes from Flight MH-17 have been passed by Malaysian authorities to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch at Farnborough in England for forensic analysis by a team of international investigators.

The meticulous technical investigation will take months to re-create and analyse the final moments of the flight and the 298 souls on board.


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