Dogs, pigeons and other things that were flying in the Malaysia Airlines cargo

By now, we know that all of the 298 passengers and crew members traveling on the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday were killed. Those 298 people included 192 Dutch citizens, 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos, a Canadian and a New Zealander. One of the Dutch citizens held dual Dutch-U.S. citizenship.

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

You can see the full list of materials in the cargo compartment of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the manifest below:

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Cargo Manifest by Matthew Keys

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Anup Kaphle is the Post's digital foreign editor. He has an M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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