Sky News has been forced to apologise after one of its reporters rummaged through the personal belongings of a victim of flight MH17 live on air.
Colin Brazier picked up a set of keys ad a toothbrush from an open suitcase during a broadcast on Sunday afternoon.
During the report he can be heard saying: "We shouldn't really be doing this, I suppose."
He immediately became the subject of fierce criticism online, accused of invading the privacy of the dead.
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A spokeswoman for Sky News said: "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 recognised that this was inappropriate and said so on air. Both Colin and Sky News apologise profusely for any offence caused."
Brazier, a British journalist, is described by Sky News as one of its "most widely travelled" reporters who has previously been honoured for his reporting in Afghanistan.
Sky nominated him for "presenter of the year" in the 2014 Royal Television Society Awards.
The spokeswoman added that a "handful" of complaints have been received by the broadcaster.