All victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash identified

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People work to search for belongings and debris for forensic analysis at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in which their relatives perished among the 157 passengers and crew onboard, at Hama Quntushele village, near Bishoftu, in Oromia region, on March 15, 2019. - A French investigation into the March 10 Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash that killed 157 passengers and crew opened on March 15 as US aerospace giant Boeing stopped delivering the top-selling aircraft. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Children from surrounding homesteads stand in front of a flower memorial held for victims at the crash site of an Ethiopian airways operated by a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 16, 2019 at Hama Quntushele village near Bishoftu in Oromia region. – The second crash involving the 737 MAX series has spurred reaction among international airline operators to ground Boeing 737 Max aircraft in their fleets. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) investigation report has been released.

According to the report, released by a investigation team led by the Federal Police Commission, remains of all people killed in the air crash were identified.

Passengers from 35 countries were on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi that crashed on 10 March, killing 157 people.

In a press conference on Monday, Endeshaw Tassew, Commissioner General of the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, said the investigation was carried out by collecting remains, bags, documents and other materials of the victims from the crash site.

He said the investigation process was conducted by using a temporary laboratory center established at the St. Paul’s Hospital.

The team used DNA, forensic odontology, finger and palm prints to identified the victims, he said

A total of 8, 185 DNA, finger and palm print samples were analyzed during the investigation process, Endeshaw noted.

The identity of the victims will be notified to their families and embassies soon, he said.

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