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Indonesia identifies 14 bodies from crashed Lion Air flight

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-11-05 09:14
Officials carry coffin of Candra Kirana, a passenger of Lion Air flight JT610 that crashed early this week, for funeral in Palembang, Indonesia, on Nov 3, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

JAKARTA -- Indonesian police hospital's Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) unit has identified 14 bodies of passengers and crew members on board of the crashed Lion Air plane through medical examination process.

The DVI managed to identify seven more passengers of the crashed plane on Sunday. Previously, seven others were identified in police hospital of Bhayangkara in eastern Jakarta.

Confirmed identification on the passengers came up from ante-mortem and post mortem mechanisms by matching their finger prints, medical and teeth formation records and DNA.

Six of the last seven identified passengers were confirmed from their DNA examination, while the other one was identified from finger print and medical records, DVI Head Lisda Cancer said in the police hospital on Sunday.

Parts of the identified ones were originated from Pangkalpinang, the destination city of the ill-fated flight in Bangka Belitung province.

The other ones came from Jakarta and several provinces in Java and Sumatra. Part of the identified body parts have been delivered to their families, buried in cemeteries in their respective towns.

As of Saturday, the police hospital has received 104 body bags containing body parts from the crashed plane.

Lion Air JT 610, which used brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft en route to Pangkalpinang from Banten province's airport of Soekarno-Hatta, crashed in West Java province's waters off Karawang regency shore shortly after took off on Monday morning.

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