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July 17th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

First-hand account of MH17 crash site: Bodies are scattered

(CNN) – The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines MH17 lies scattered across a field in eastern Ukraine, near Donetsk.

"There's a big field ... that all of the debris, the plane, the bodies, the people inside - their things are scattered through," said freelance journalist Noah Sneider, who was at the crash site.

There were 280 passengers and 15 crew on board, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. So far, no survivors have been found.

"Some are strapped into their seats, some are blown to bits, to the point where you can't tell whether it was a man or a woman, some are just scattered. People, locals say the plane exploded in the air, so it fell down in pieces, they said," Sneider says.

Firefighters and local rescue crews have been doing their best to examine the crash site throughout the day, now as night falls on the crash site, they are trying to figure out what to do overnight, Sneider said.

"They've been marking the bodies with white ribbons on sticks in the field," he said. "It's a pretty huge territory."

For more of our interview with freelance journalist Noah Sneider, watch the video above.

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