The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has successfully identified all victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
In a statement on Thursday, Interpol revealed that the exercise involved nearly 100 Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) experts from 14 countries in Africa, the Americas and Europe.
“In the wake of such a tragedy, the accurate identification of the victims is of immense importance to the families who are suffering from their loss,” said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
The March 10, 2019 crash killed all 157 people on board; they were from 35 countries.
Experts from the affected countries and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the exercise.
“International cooperation and coordination is vital to these efforts, and this is where Interpol’s extensive experience provided significant value,” Stock added.
He also noted that the identification process was conducted in accordance with international DVI standards.
On Wednesday, families that lost loved ones in the crash held a vigil in Washington DC.
Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife, three children and a mother in law, was seen holding pictures of his family.
”While all your lives move on for the last six months, the lives of the families of the victims, my life has not moved an inch,” Njoroge told reporters.
The affected families held a meeting with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao who assured them that the Boeing 737 Max aircraft models would remain grounded until all safety issues are addressed.
Last month, Kenyans affected by the crash sued Boeing over the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
They gave instructions to a consortium of Kenyan and American lawyers to demand justice for their loved ones who perished.
Already, the American lawyers have had to issue a claim notice to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that regulates airplane manufacturing and air travel.
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