Search for bodies begins after MH17 crash

Rozsypne, Ukraine -

Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners are combing the area adjacent to the site in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian jetliner crashed on Thursday, killing all 298 aboard.

An Emergencies Ministry member puts out a fire at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Picture: Maxim Zmeyev. Credit: Reuters

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

Ukraine has accused pro-Russian separatists who control the area of shooting down the plane, a claim they denied.

American intelligence authorities said a surface-to-air missile brought the plane down, but were still working on who fired the missile.

Coal miners joined the rescue effort early on Friday morning.

Police and rescue teams were combing the area, looking for bodies and debris.

An Associated Press journalist saw bodies and body parts strewn across the field outside the village of Rozsypne, about 4km away from the crash site. - Sapa-AP