The world is still reeling from the devastating loss of nearly 300 lives aboard the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, bristling at the inhumane way with which the bodies of the deceased have been handled. Terrorists and separatists, controlling access to the site, continue to exhibit utter lack of decency that shocks the conscience.
Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner of New York City and chief forensic pathologist for the New York State Police, told Time Magazine that many of the passengers may have remained conscious during the plane’s 3-4 minute descent.
Dr. Baden commented on the victims’ various state of undress, stating: “You can lose a shirt or a headband or maybe even a jacket, but not pants and underwear and shoes and socks. It would seem to me, given the situation, that looters came.”
Dr. Baden noted indications in the photos that some of the bodies appeared to have been moved around, based on lividity (the dark discoloration of the skin that occurs in the lowest parts of the body, as blood settles due to gravity).
In reviewing the photos, Dr. Baden also observed that none of the bodies pictured appeared to be wearing watches or jewelry.