Friday, 5 December 2014

Families of 'missing' MH370 passengers asked to provide DNA samples to identify bodies

Families of passengers and crew members aboard Malaysian airlines flight MH370 have been asked to provide DNA samples even though the plane is still missing.

The next of kin were informed about the move at a press briefing in Kelana Jaya, Malaysia this week, at the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Academy. A MAS spokeswoman said that the briefing was provided by the Royal Malaysian Police Forensics team, reported

Those who attended the briefing said that the DNA samples were needed for "safe keeping" in case the flight was found.

"With reference to reports on the ante-mortem DNA sampling that was mentioned at the recent MH370 family briefing at MAS Academy in Kelana Jaya, this briefing was provided by the Royal Malaysian Police’s Forensics team," according to MAS media relations on Friday.

"As such, the ante-mortem procedures will be addressed by the police or the relevant authorities," it said.

MAS said that their top priority is to "provide care and assistance" to the families of the passengers and crew affected by the MH370 tragedy.

Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing went missing on March 8. It was carrying 239 people, comprising 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

The flight is expected to have gone down into the Indian Ocean after drifting off-course, nine months ago.

An intensive underwater operation has searched more than 8000 square kilometres but has not found any trace of the Boeing 777 aircraft.

Friday 5 December 2014


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