PUTRAJAYA, Aug 21 – Chief Assistant Director of D13 (Data Bank / DNA), ACP Hussein Omar Khan said the impact of the fire and blows during the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight 17 victims caused some bone embedded deep 0.61 meters (two feet) below ground.
Commander of the Disaster Victim Identification team (DVI) Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to MH17 said bones found embedded in the ground winter when the recovery team conducted its last mission in April this year. He said until April this year, only 296 victims have a positive identity while two other victims could not be identified.
“Thus, the recovery team makes final mission last April. We use armored cars and bulletproof to enter the crash site,” he said with adding that only the Netherlands and Malaysia went to the mission because it feels risky at Australia in a talk entitled “Mass Fatality Investigation: The MH17 Experience” at the International Conference on Environmental Forensics organized by Universiti Putra Malaysia here on Thursday.
MAS Boeing 777 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew. Hussein said during the final mission, the recovery team had to dig the crash site because there were found bones buried there.
“Forensic archeology is used to search this time. It’s appalling when we found the bones are buried to a depth of 40cm and 0.61 meters in the ground. After the end of the mission, the team believes the recovery of the last two seasons have been identified, and 99 percent of the recovery operation has been completed. Now the grass is already growing at the crash site and the impossible recovery team there again unless there is such a need,” he added.