Bodies fell through shanty roofs in the sleepy village that lay beneath the crash.
“There was a howling noise and everything started to rattle. Then objects started falling out of the sky,” the 65-year-old pensioner said in front of her grey-brick home. “And then I heard a roar and she landed in the kitchen, the roof was broken,” she said, showing the gaping hole made by the body when it came through the ceiling of the kitchen in an extension to the house. source 1 source 2
The dead woman’s naked body was still lying inside the house, next to a bed.
About 100 meters (330 feet) from another home, dozens more dead bodies lay in the wheat fields where the airliner came down on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.
“I opened the door and I saw people falling. One fell in my vegetable patch,” said another witness.
Human bodies weren’t the only things falling from the sky, a cargo manifest that has been posted online shows that besides the luggage of those on board, MH17 was carrying hundreds of pounds of live birds, including pigeons; two dogs; and fresh-cut flowers. Here is a sample of what was loaded on to the plane at the Amsterdam airport:
12 shipments of fresh-cut flowers weighing about 474 pounds.
2 shipments of live dogs weighing about 110 pounds.
5 shipments of live birds weighing 154 pounds.
4 shipments of live pigeons weighing 181 pounds.