Relatives of the victims of the Spanair plane crash continue to face the grim task of identifying the bodies of their loved ones. According to the latest figures, the death toll has now risen to 154.
Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcada speaking at La Paz hospital in Madrid on Saturday said: “When possible we have identified the bodies by fingerprints.We have been able to identify 53 bodies through fingerprints and practically all the bodies have been given to their relatives.”
Spanair representatives have been meeting with relatives of the victims of the ill-fated MD-82 airliner that crashed on take-off from Madrid’s Barajas airport on Wednesday.
Ismael Rodriguez is a friend of one of the crash victims. He said “Right now they have just identified a child. Before then, there were only two cases of positive identification using DNA. We are very worried that we could be here waiting for even a month.”
Some relatives have complained of a lack of information from Spanair. The Spanish government has promised a comprehensive investigation into the crash, Spain’s worst aviation disaster since 1983. Eighteen people who survived the accident remain hospitalised.