A forensic expert watches as recovery work continues at the
site of the downed Malaysian airliner MH17 near the village
of Rozsypne in Donetsk region. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
The Otaki man who was killed when his Malaysia Airlines
flight was shot down over the Ukraine has been formally
His parents, John and Wendie were told of the development
overnight by the British Consulate.
"We haven't had much sleep - haven't had time to do much
thinking," Mr Ayley said.
"At this stage we are waiting to meet with staff from
Malaysia Airlines to confirm travel plans to go to collect
Rob and bring him home."
The Ayleys intended to meet Rob's grandparents in the United
Kingdom to allow them to have closure over the death of their
grandson, he said.
"We will be returning in the next few weeks with Rob and
preparing for his funeral which will be a private family
They were in close contact with their son's wife, Sharlene,
and the couple hoped that she and their grandsons could be
left in peace to grieve.
"Obviously we are grateful Rob has been positively identified
and we feel for the families of those not yet identified as
it is a very lonely time waiting for this process to be
"Our hearts go out especially to families whose loved ones
may not have made it to Amsterdam yet. Their nightmare may
continue for months. Ours is coming to a close for this
Mr Ayley, 29, was flying to New Zealand from Amsterdam on
MH17 when it was apparently shot down over pro-Russian
territory in eastern Ukraine on July 17.
Nearly 300 passengers and crew died.
A trust was set up for Mr Ayley's children after the crash,
which has so far raised about $3000.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ