According to the airline's manifest, the animals were boarded live at the time of check in. Some of the birds were headed to Kuala Lumpur and other birds were to arrive in Dhaka, Bangladesh. One dog was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur and the other dog was to too proceed to Manila in the Philippines.
There were 283 passengers, 15 crew members including 80 children and three newborn babies on the flight that crashed on Thursday in the sky over Torez. Authorities suspect a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian rebels.
The flight departed from Amsterdam and was on its way to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Even two days after the crash, it has been reported that bodies still remain scattered along the ten mile crash scene radius still strapped into their seats.
There has been no further information as to whether the dogs were in the cabin of the plane or in the cargo hold. Most airlines do allow pets to fly, but must have health certificates within ten days of departure.
Also described on the manifest as "non-living items" were aircraft parts, diplomatic papers and flowers.
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