Tuesday, 15 September 2015

13 more Trigana Air victims identified

Using DNA testing, Indonesia’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team has identified the bodies of 13 more victims from the Aug. 16 Trigana Air plane crash in Oksibil, Papua, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw has said.

The team had already identified 27 victims through examining primary and secondary data at Bhayangkara Hospital in Papua’s capital Jayapura.

“Today the DVI team succeeded in identifying 13 more victims’ bodies at the National Police Headquarters’ laboratory through a series of DNA tests,” the Papua Police chief said.

He added that with the addition of the 13 newly identified bodies, the DVI team had now successfully identified 40 out of the 54 people on board the Trigana Air flight.The 13 bodies have now been handed over to victims’ families.

The bodies include two cabin-crew members, Mario Reso Bintoro and Ika Nugraeni Sukmaputri.“So, all cabin-crew victims have been found,” Insp. Gen. Paulus asserted.

Police have also identified all four bodies of the Jayapura post-office workers who were carrying Rp 6.5 billion (US$465,000) in cash on board for delivery to low-income residents of Pegunungan Bintang, Police Commissioner Ramon Amiman, head of medical affairs at Papua Police Headquarters, said.

“DNA identification takes time, but we will never ever give up on identifying all victims,” Ramon said.

Area manager for PT Trigana Air in Papua Bustoni Eka Prayitno said that of 27 identified bodies; the families of only 12 of them have received insurance coverage.“We hope [the remaining] relatives will complete the administrative requirements for making an insurance claim,” Bustoni said.

Tuesday 15 September 2015



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