In Malaysia, the remains of 100 people who died when a hijacked airliner blew up in mid-air on December 4th were buried in a common grave on Friday (9 December).
GV: Hospital mortuary in Johore Bahru.
SV: Mourners (THREE SHOTS)
SV: Coffins, draped in white, PAN TO Muslims praying. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: Buddhist monk praying as mourners weep. (FIVE SHOTS)
SV: Christian priests praying in front of coffins.
SV: Hindus praying in front of coffins.
GV: Coffins being carried watched by crowd. (TWO SHOTS)
GV & SV: Coffins being placed in grave and covered with sand. (FIVE SHOTS)
SV PAN: Offerings by Buddhists for the dead.
GV: Mourners at the funeral.
SV: Grave being filled up.
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Background: In Malaysia, the remains of 100 people who died when a hijacked airliner blew up in mid-air on December 4th were buried in a common grave on Friday (9 December).
SYNOPSIS: Several hundred relatives and friends gathered outside the General Hospital mortuary in the southern Malaysian town of Johore Bahru.
The inter-denominational funeral service was led by Muslims who offered prayers for the crash victims, more of whom could be identified.
The Muslims were followed by Buddhists, Christians and Hindus. Mourners wept as the priests said last rites. The victims, of several nationalities and religions, were killed after a Boeing 737 belonging to Malaysian Airlines exploded in mid-air near Johore Bahru.
The Boeing was on a flight from the tourist island of Penang to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur when it was hijacked. Investigators have not discovered the identity of the hijackers or the cause of the explosion.
The Malaysian government was represented at the funeral by Communications Minister Tan Sri Manickavasagam. Senior government officials and diplomats of several countries were also present. Earlier in the week, the Minister told Parliament that the government intended to excavate the scene of the crash along the shoreline of the state of Johore.
Airline officials believe that the main fuselage of the plane may be buried in a swamp where it crashed after the explosion. It was originally thought that the aircraft had disintegrated into small fragments.