The Australian and Dutch police experts arrived in a convoy of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitors. The fight between the rebels and the government had been stopping the experts from getting close to the site. Their arrival was emphasized with blasts near the crash site. A journalist for AFP news agency heard several “powerful” blasts and saw a plume of smoke less than 10km (six miles) from the crash site. The Russian aviation experts are also in Ukraine, finding a chance to visit the site. OSCE monitors on the ground said in a tweet that they had reached the crash site with the Dutch and Australian investigators after using a new access route.