June 18, 2013
Remains of the plane crash victims analysed at Buenos Aires morgue
The remains of the 22 bodies of the people that died in the Sol airline plane crash on Wednesday arrived at the Buenos Aires morgue and forensic experts began to work on them. Meanwhile, the victims’s relatives were drawn blood to carry out DNA tests.
“The remains are unrecognizable, and the DNA of each relative must be checked in order to identify them. This process could last at least a month,” a source said.
Transport Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi said that “the State is present and there is a team of the Health Ministry to cater the needs of the victim’s relatives.”
Meanwhile, judge Leónides Moldes hasn’t yet lifted the fence that surrounds the site in which the plane plummeted, in the Prahuaniyeu area in Rio Negro province.
“The fence will be lifted as soon as technicians and forensic experts finish picking all the parts of the plain that remain on the ground. I´ve ordered that all data of the circumstances and conditions of the accident and of the plane and the flight’ be collected,” the judge said.
Some of the victims’ relatives arrived at the morgue where their blood was drawn to begin the bodies’ identification process through DNA testing, while a team of psychologists of the Health Ministry offers support to the relatives.
Health Vice-minister Eduardo Bustos Villar urged media outlets to “respect the victim’s relatives privacy and allow them to decide if thet want to talk to the press or not.