ROZSYPNE, Ukraine - First came the loud explosion that made buildings rattle: then it started raining bodies. One of the corpses fell through the rickety roof of Irina Tipunova's house in this sleepy village, just after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 exploded high over eastern Ukraine. "There was a howling noise and everything started to rattle. Then objects started falling out of the sky," the 65-year-old retiree said in front of her gray 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.
The dead woman's naked body was still lying inside the house, next to a bed. About 330 feet from Tipunova's home, dozens more dead bodies lay in the wheat fields where the airliner came down on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board. Another local resident in her 20s said she ran outside after hearing the plane explode. "I opened the door and I saw people falling. One fell in my vegetable patch," she said. Chunks of metal, pieces of luggage and other debris came crashing down to the ground in this agricultural area about 25 miles from the border with Russia.
First published July 18 2014, 7:11 AM