12 January 2014

Angola: Lam Plane Crash Victims Relatives Called to Be Patient

The forensic operation on the bodies of the victims of the Mozambican Airlines (LAM) plane crash of November 29 this year that killed nine Angolans continues and relatives are required to be patient, Angop learned.

This was said Friday in Luanda by the coordinator of the Accident Probe Committee, José Bravo, who appealed to the relatives of the victims to be a bit more patient.

José Bravo was speaking at the opening of a meeting that gathered representatives of the committee, LAM, Angolan State, relatives of the victims and the expert of Kenyon (I International Emergency Services Company ), Stephen Gregory.

Due to the complexity of the case, José Bravo appealed to the relatives of the victims to be patient in view of the time the process of identification of the bodies will still take.

The official recalled that a first operation for identification of the bodies was conducted in Windhoek, Namibia, but the process remained unfinished as there was need for new methods that include finger print exams.

"Should we not be successful in this phase, we will move on to the final stage of identification through DNA, the reason why we are appealing to the families to be more patient. We are working day and night for the results to be obtained the earliest," he stated.

According to the official, the DNA samples collected from relatives of the victims are already in Portugal to provide the genetic profile of the families, before they are cross-examined with the genetic profile of the victims.

The LAM plane flying from Maputo, Mozambican capital, to Luanda crashed on 29 November 2013 in neighbouring Namibia territory, killing all 33 passengers and crew, including nine Angolans.

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