An Australian Federal Police officer has inspected security at the crash site of downed flight MH17, as Canberra said it was willing to dispatch a team to secure the scene.
“It looks like they’re sussing the security situation and then possibly coming here,” said Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring mission in Ukraine.
OSCE observers escorted the Australian officer along with two Australian diplomats, a Malaysia Airlines executive and a Malaysian civil aviation agency official to the site.
“The Australians are getting a sense of the security for the area, they’re mapping it, they’re getting a sense of where the crash sites are,” he said, adding that two or three more Australian officials were expected to join the inspection teams on Friday.
Bociurkiw said the team, which included 12 OSCE monitors, also found more human remains on Thursday and another large piece of the fuselage.
Parts of the wreckage that the team inspected on Wednesday had “almost machine-gun types of holes”, he said.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down with 298 people, including Australians, on board a week ago over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine in as yet unexplained circumstances.
Dutch authorities say they can only be sure that 200 corpses have been recovered and no recovery efforts appear to be underway for more bodies or remains.