New York Times reporter Sabrina Tavernise was among the first to see the wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. She joined Fresh Air to describe what she saw:
"It was like the end of the world looking at this thing. There were just a lot of people and a lot of bodies, but they weren’t immediately visible. The grasses were very high, and it was a very strange juxtaposition because, in fact, the landscape was quite beautiful. It was wheat fields, sunflower fields and a large grassy field where we were walking through. And you would come upon the bodies in their strange shapes and some of them were still strapped to their seats and it was hard to process it."
BULENT KILIC / Getty Images : Seats of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are pictured at the crash site, in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region, on July 23, 2014