Plane crash victim identification well on track: Ludik

06 Dec 2013 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) – The identification of the victims of the plane crash which occurred in the Kavango East Region a week ago is on track, the Head of the National Forensic Scientific Institute, Paul Ludik said on Friday.
Ludik said at a media briefing in the capital they were expecting to have completed over 100 examinations by the end of Friday.
The crash involving Mozambique Airlines Flight TM470 at the Bwabwata National Park last Friday resulted in the deaths of all 33 people on board, including 10 Mozambicans, nine Angolans, five Portuguese, one French, one Brazilian and one Chinese national.
“We expect that the examination process will be concluded in 10 to 14 days and after that the validation of identification in conjunction with reference data will begin,” Ludik said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), James Tjivikua said it cannot be deduced that because 33 people were on board the aircraft they are looking to recover 33 human remains.
“In this case the number of persons on board who are represented by the passenger manifesto may result in several hundred human remains having to be examined. The fact is that this was a high-velocity impact, which has caused severe damage to the deceased,” he stated.
Reports have it that it took the plane about 12 minutes to fall from an altitude of about 36 000 feet (10 972 metres).
Tjivikua explained that the identification process will involve the biometric analysis of hundreds of pieces of human remains.
He said when the identification is completed, the National Forensic Science Institute (forensic pathology division) will issue post-mortem certificates and thereafter, the Ministry of Home Affairs will issue death certificates.
“The respective national governments of the deceased will then be notified and the national government will then notify the family. Once the family has been notified, the names of the deceased will be officially released,” Tjivikua explained.