Saturday, 19 January 2019

Lion Air Crash: DVI Team Identifies DNA from 626 Body Parts

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  • Families and colleagues of passengers and crew of Lion Air flight JT610 throw flowers and petals from the deck of Indonesia Navy ship KRI Banjarmasin as they visit the site of the crash to pay their tribute, at the north coast of Karawang, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

    Families and colleagues of passengers and crew of Lion Air flight JT610 throw flowers and petals from the deck of Indonesia Navy ship KRI Banjarmasin as they visit the site of the crash to pay their tribute, at the north coast of Karawang, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team has identified the DNA from the 626 body parts belonging to the victims of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 on Friday, November 9. 

    Sr. Comr. Saljianah, the head of the DVI's antimortem team, said all the DNA samples that had been identified came from 194 body bags. 

    “The DNA samples do not include the eight bags we received last night,” Saljianah said at Kramatjati Police Hospital on Friday, November 8.

    Until Thursday, the DVI team had identified body parts belonging to 71 of the 188 victims. All of the body parts have been returned to the victims' families. 

    Read: DVI Team Sends Identification Results of 20 Lion Air Victims 

    To date, the DVI team is still trying to identify the remaining body parts and has successfully identified other body parts belonging to 20 more victims.

    “Today, there will be another reconciliation session. Pray that more bodies will be identified,” he said.

    Saljianah said the DVI team would continue to identify all bodies parts received from the Lion Air flight JT 610's crash site although the search operation by SAR teams had ceased. 

    “This means that even if the search is complete, all the body parts that are still in the police hospital will be identified,” Saljianah said.

    IMAM HAMDI