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Relatives have recognised bodies of 52 people who died in a passenger plane crash near the city of Donetsk in Ukraine on Tuesday
Relatives have recognised bodies of 52 people who died in a passenger plane crash near the city of Donetsk in Ukraine on Tuesday. Ukrainian Transport Minister Nikolai Rudkovsky told a news conference that an inter-governmental commission investigating into circumstances of the accident had held another meeting. Rudkovsky said that protocols on identification of 46 bodies had been written, and bodies of 33 passengers would be transported to St. Petersburg on Friday by a plane of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry that is to arrive in Donetsk at midday. The body identification procedure resumed early in the day. Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin said that a computer programme was used in identification. He said that all foreigners who were on the board of the ill-fated plane that was en route from the sea resort of Anapa in southern Russia to St. Petersburg had double citizenship. Only relatives of a French citizen have addressed the investigating commission yet, wishing to bury him in Paris. Relatives of other foreigners have not come to Donetsk, but they have been notified about the accident through the Interpol, and samples of their blood are waited in Donetsk for DNA tests necessary for identification of bodies. Levitin said that about 30 percent of the remains seemed unidentifiable. In case relatives cannot recognise them, they will be asked to sign the fact and return home to wait for results of DNA blood tests and for transportation of bodies. The Tu-154 plane of St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airlines crashed on August 22 in countryside 45 kilometres from the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. There were 170 people aboard, including ten crewmembers.
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