"Four victims were successfully identified today," chief of the public information bureau of the public relations division of the National Police, Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono, said at a press conference at the Kramat Jati Police Hospital in East Jakarta on Monday.
The four bodies were identified as Fazila Ammara, Sugiono Effendy, Yohanes, and Nabila Anjani.
The bodies were identified with the help of comparative data. The bodies of Sugiono and Nabila were identified based on DNA comparative data from their birth mothers, Hartono informed.
The body of Yohanes was identified through DNA comparative data from his birth mother and birth father, while the body of Fazila was identified through comparative data obtained from a toothbrush, he added.
With the identification of the four bodies, the DVI team has so far verified a total of 53 bodies of victims of the crashed flight. Meanwhile, 46 of the 53 bodies have been handed to their families.
"We hope the DVI team will be able to accomplish their duties and obligations. May the number of bodies identified increase in order to give certainty to their families," Hartono remarked.
Based on the manifest, the plane was carrying 50 passengers and 12 crew members.
The ill-fated flight was headed from Jakarta to Pontianak when it lost contact on January 9, 2021 at 2:40 p.m. local time. It was later discovered that it had crashed in the waters off Seribu Islands.
The airplane took off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 2:36 p.m. local time after a delay due to inclement weather. The flight had been earlier scheduled to take off at 1:35 p.m. local time.
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