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Coal Miners Comb Malaysia Airlines MH17 Crash Site in Ukraine

Off-duty coal miners helped to comb the crash site of the Malaysian Airlines jetliner in eastern Ukraine on Friday. The workers assisted rescue crews and police officers who have been trying to gather evidence which will provide clues about the doomed plane's final moments. The coal miners joined in the search effort in fields near the rebel-held village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region, which is about 25 miles from the Russian border. Fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian security forces has been raging in the area for months.

Image: Ukrainian coal miners wade through a field of sunflowers as they search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane
Coal miners wade through a field of sunflowers as they search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne on Friday. Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

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- The Associated Press