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Venezuela begins recovering bodies from Andean crash

Venezuela begins recovering bodies from Andean crash

Investigators began retrieving the bodies of 46 people who died in a plane crash in the Venezuelan Andes, as victims' relatives mourned their loved ones during a Mass.
The remains of two men, three women and an 11-year-old boy named Eisberth Quintero were brought down from the crash site, located on a steep slope 4,100 meters above sea level, forensic expert Alexis Briceno said Sunday.
"Only one person has been completely identified and it's the boy," Briceno told a news conference. "Two of the three female bodies were totally burned."
The twin-engine ATR42-300 crashed and burst into flames Thursday in the Sierra La Culata National Park, shortly after taking off from the Andean city of Merida on a flight to Caracas. Three crew members and 43 passengers were aboard.
It could take weeks to recover and identify all of the bodies through DNA testing, said Noel Marquez, director of Merida's emergency management agency.
Searchers were "making every effort to retrieve the remains of the victims," President Hugo Chavez said Sunday.


Updated : 2021-04-17 23:49 GMT+08:00