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DNA of 12 AI crash victims don’t match with relatives

The remains of 12 passengers of the Air India Express flight that crashed in Mangalore on May 22 might never be identified.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2010 23:09 IST
Salil Mekaad

The remains of 12 passengers of the Air India Express flight that crashed in Mangalore on May 22 might never be identified.

Their last rites, therefore, will not be religion-specific.

The 12 were among the 22 charred beyond recognition after the Boeing overshot the tabletop runway and fell into a 200-foot ditch killing 158 people.

“The DNA tests failed to match the bodies with the blood samples of their relatives leading to confusion over their identities,” Prabhakar Sharma, deputy commissioner in-charge of South Canara district, told HT.

As per Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act of 2005, the remains of the 12 unidentified passengers will be buried.

“They may be buried tomorrow on neutral ground following a five-minute prayer session for each of the three faiths they belonged to,” Sharma said.

Of the 158 persons who died, 142 have been identified. As per the list of passengers who boarded the plane in Dubai, seven of the unidentified passengers were Muslims, four Hindus and one Christian.

The district authorities and police held meetings with relatives of the 12 passengers to finalise the burial plan.

“We agreed to this standard procedure (in case of unidentified bodies) after we realised it was futile to identify the bodies,” said a victim’s relative.