(KIEV, Ukraine) — Fields with wreckage from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane remained completely unguarded Tuesday amid international calls for the evidence to be protected and secured from looters.
A team of international experts was on their way to the rural Ukrainian town of Donetsk to examine the crash site first hand, but until then, the plane wreckage remains out in the open.
One field, miles from the main crash site, was littered with debris and completely unguarded, reported ABC News’ Kirit Radia.
Another clearing had the remains of the cockpit of the plane, with pilots’ bags, flight plans, and maps scattered throughout, open to the elements as well as looters.
Both sites had several pieces of metal that appeared to be burned and had small holes–which would inevitably be important to investigators because they may give clues about the nature of the surface-to-air missile that was used to shoot down the plane.
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