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QZ8501: Victims’ Families Brought To Search Site

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SURABAYA: Several family members of those on board flight QZ8501 are on their way to the search area in waters off West Kalimantan.

They were accompanied by Indonesian armed forces commander Dr Moeldoko in a special flight from here to Pangkalan Bun where they will board a navy vessel to the search site, according to Juanda air force base commander Colonel Sudjatmiko.

Moeldoko in making the offer to the families at the Crisis Centre here, expressed hope the visit could help ease their pain and that they could also symbolically throw flowers at sea for their loved ones.

Meanwhile, more forensic experts are expected to join in the Disaster Victim Identification team at the Bhayangkara police hospital here including a team of eight from Malaysia.

The Malaysian team that left Kuala Lumpur earlier was led by Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department (Forensic Data­bank DNA) deputy director Senior Asst Commissioner T. Narenasagaran.

Since the aicraft crashed in the Karimata Straits on Dec 28, a total of 37 bodies have bee retrieved by a combined search team made up of those from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Russia.

Of the total, 13 people have been released to their families after being positively identified by the DVI team based on the DNA, fingerprints, dental records, their identity documents, accessories, hairstyle and the clothes they wore.-NST



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