Interpol says identification of all Ethiopian Airlines plane crash victims completed

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EJERE, ETHIOPIA - MARCH 13: Investigators and recovery workers inspect a second engine after it is recovered from a crater at scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on March 13, 2019 in Ejere, Ethiopia. All 157 passengers and crew perished after the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight came down six minutes after taking off from Bole Airport. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
EJERE, ETHIOPIA – MARCH 13: Investigators and recovery workers inspect a second engine after it is recovered from a crater at scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on March 13, 2019 in Ejere, Ethiopia. All 157 passengers and crew perished after the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight came down six minutes after taking off from Bole Airport. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Interpol’s Incident Response Team (IRT) announced the successful completion of the identification procedures of all victims of the deadly crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane in March this year that killed all 157 people on board.

“The Interpol Incident Response Team deployed following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane in March has completed its task, assisting with the successful identification of all victims of the deadly disaster,” the France-based agency disclosed in a statement issued on Friday.

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia on March 10, eventually killing all 157 passengers and flight crew members from 35 countries aboard the Nairobi-bound flight.

The Interpol, which has been helping with efforts to identify all victims of the tragic plane crash at the request of the Ethiopian authorities, had sent its IRT team two days after the accident.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10 was the second such incident in about five months which involved the MAX 8 model. In October last year, a Lion Air flight of the same model had crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

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