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Ethiopia finalizes identifying remains of air crash victims

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Addis Ababa, September 10, 2019 (FBC) –The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) investigation report has been released.

According to report released by a investigation team led by the Federal Police Commission, remains of all people killed in the air crash were identified.

Passengers from 35 countries were on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi that crashed six months ago, killing 157 people.

In a press conference issued yesterday, Endeshaw Tassew, Commissioner General of the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, said the investigation was carried out by collecting remains, bags, documents and other materials of the victims from the crash site.

He said the investigation process was conducted by using a temporary laboratory center established at the St. Paul’s Hospital.

The team used DNA, forensic odontology, finger and palm prints to identified the victims, he said

A total of 8, 185 DNA, finger and palm print samples were analyzed during the investigation process, Endeshaw noted.

The identity of the victims will be notified to their families and embassies soon, he said.