The body of an AirAsia QZ8501 passenger is carried to an ambulance in Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Nine More Victims of AirAsia Crash Identified


JANUARY 04, 2015

Jakarta. The National Police’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team on Sunday successfully identified nine bodies onboard doomed AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which crashed into the Java Sea a week ago.

“Today we have successfully identified nine bodies by matching the DNA samples given by the victims’ families and we have also handed the bodies to the families,” National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Ronny F. Sompie said.

Indonesian search teams — assisted by several countries including the United States and Russia — are scouring a patch of sea southwest of Pangkalan Bun, on Kalimantan, for bodies and debris from the Airbus A320-200.

Five major parts of the Indonesia AirAsia plane, which crashed with 162 people onboard, have been found.

Ronny said 21 bodies remain unidentified at the hospital in Surabaya.

“We are matching the antemortem and postmortem data of nine bodies, while we are still collecting the postmortem data of the other 12 bodies,” he said.

To be able to identify the bodies, the DVI team needs to match samples collected from the victims’ families with the postmortem samples from each victim.

“We have collected 161 samples from the families of the victims out of 162 samples we need, and 146 samples from the bodies out of 162 samples,” says Ronny.

Flight QZ8501 crashed enroute from Surabaya to Singapore on Dec. 28. Relief workers are hunting for the “black box” flight data recorders to determine the cause of the crash.