Father of UK MH17 Victim Speaks Out

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December 18, 2014

Ben Pocock was one of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash earlier this year in eastern Ukraine. The 20-year-old Keynsham, a United Kingdom resident was studying international business at Loughborough University. Roughly 500 people attended his funeral held earlier this month. Pocock's father Jeremy told the BBC today that he considers his family "fortunate - if that's the right word" in comparison with the scores of families who are still waiting for their MH17 loved ones to be identified. Four Dutch families reportedly haven't received any identification whatsoever, something Pocock says is "absolutely dreadful."

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed after it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Evidence points to pro-Russian rebels as the culprits of the attack, though they continue to blame the Ukrainian government. Families of the victims are still waiting for answers, seeking closure.

Pocock said in the interview that over 700 fragments of human remains from the crash site have yet to be identified. He was told these remains may not be identified until next May. So far, identification has been minimal, says Pocock, which has left many families in limbo; not able to have a funeral, not able to move forward.

The MH17 tragedy has left families with far more questions than answers. Pocock wonders why a commercial airline was allowed to fly over a war zone. He says it's easy to get emotional over the tragedy, but feels that a full investigation where all the evidence is properly gathered and studied is the only way to secure justice for the MH17 victims.

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