Some Spanair crash bodies may not be identified

26th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spain’s interior minister says specialists are trying their best, but may not be able to identify all bodies of the victims killed in the Spanair plane crash.

26 August 2008

MADRID -- Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba acknowledged Monday that forensic specialists may be unable to identify the bodies of all 154 people killed in the Spanair plane crash.

The twin-engine MD-82 crashed last Wednesday at Madrid's Barajas Airport.

Rubalcaba made the admission in an interview with Cadena SER radio Monday morning.  

However, when the interior minister met later with relatives of the victims, he stressed that specialists are still hoping to identify all the remains.

"We're working on the hypothesis that all the remains will be identified, absolutely all of them... I don't want to give dates... We want to go as fast as possible but we also want to be certain," Rubalcaba said.

By Monday, five days after the crash, 92 bodies had been returned to victims' relatives.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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