Pokhara plane crash: DNA test of six begins

The DNA tests of six, among those killed in the January 15 Pokhara air crash, have begun.

According to Tribhuvan University (TU) Teaching Hospital’s Chief for the forensic medicine department, Dr Gopal Kumar Chaudhary, the remains of six killed in the crash required DNA tests for identification due to excessive burns.

The test procedures began in the Central Police Forensic Science Lab. Samples collections of the families and DNA extractions from bones and teeth of the mortal remains were sent to the lab for tests. It takes at least two weeks to identify the mortal remains through DNA procedures.

Of 48 bodies brought to Kathmandu from Pokhara, the identity of 42 was established through forensic tests and fingerprints. Forensic tests of 22 were conducted within Pokhara. (RSS)