MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti) - Sky news reporter Colin Brazier apologized for picking up MH17 crash victims’ luggage live on air in his article written for the Guardian on Tuesday, and said he did this because he was stressed out.
“Certainly it was a serious error of judgment. I acknowledged that and so did Sky. My bosses issued an apology by tea-time. They were supportive and keen to stress that they understood the context of the gaffe,” Brazier wrote.
In a live broadcast on Sunday afternoon, Colin Brazier was seen picking items out of the opened luggage before saying to the camera “We shouldn’t really be doing this, I suppose.”
After the incident, Brazier met with sharp criticism from his colleagues and internet users who argued that this behavior was absolutely inappropriate.
Sky news team also apologized for its presenter.
"Today whilst presenting from the site of the MH17 air crash Colin Brazier reflected on the human tragedy of the event and showed audiences the content of one of the victims' bags. Colin immediately recognized that this was inappropriate and said so on air. Both Colin and Sky News apologize profusely for any offence caused," the Guardian quoted a spokeswoman for Sky News as saying in a statement.
On July 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine. There were 298 people on board, including 15 crew members. Nobody survived.
Kiev places the blame for the crash on independence supporters in eastern Ukraine. However, local militia leaders argue that they did not have weapons capable of bringing down a plane flying at the attitude of 10,000 meters.
On Monday night, leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic handed over two data recorders recovered from the crash site to Malaysian representatives, who said that the black boxes were in good condition.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement that authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic provided international investigators with safe access to the crash site.
Russia calls for a thorough and transparent investigation of a plane crash under control of UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization.