AUTOPSIES on the victims of the Beechcraft air crash near Bandar Elmina in Shah Alam on Thursday (Aug 17) were completed last night (Aug 18), said Selangor police chief Datuk Hussein Omar Khan.He added that as many as 300 samples of body parts were sent to the Department of Chemistry for DNA testing and 30% were completed. “Yesterday we got a positive DNA match belonging to e-hailing rider Muhamad Hafiz Muhamad Saleh and the body was handed over to his family this morning. “The Department of Chemistry is working hard to complete all DNA tests and we are positive that process will be completed by Monday (Aug 21),” he stated in a press conference at the Forensic Department of Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (HTAR) today. He also expected another body to be identified today and could be handed over to the next-of-kin tomorrow, according to news portal Bernama. Apart from DNA matching, the identification of the bodies was also done using dental records and fingerprints. “Thus far, the police have identified eight fingerprints of the victims,” he further added. He also claimed that the post-mortem involved 30 pathology and forensic officers.
Meanwhile, Transport Ministry has announced that the initial findings of the plane crash investigation will be available within 30 days following the incident.The ministry pointed out that its Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BSKU) team had initiated a technical investigation based on Annex 13, Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO Annex 13). “The main purpose of the investigation is to determine the cause of the accident to save lives and prevent similar incidents in the future,” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. – Aug 19, 2023
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