Dutch town of Hilversum tries to cope after losing many in Malaysia Airlines crash

By Todd C. Frankel, July 19, 2014

HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS — In the center of this town, inside the stately St. Vitus Catholic Church, in a sanctuary filling with an organ’s somber timbre, Gerrit Mastenbroek thought about seat 22F.

That was his sister’s seat on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Her husband and son were next to her. Seats 22G and 22H. They were headed to a vacation in Bali. They sat together over the wing, Mastenbroek said, right by the engines, where he imagines that missile struck Thursday, sending the plane and 298 people hurtling to the ground.

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