AirAsia flight QZ8501: Victims died three days ago, preliminary report shows

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a dead body with a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a dead body with a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SURABAYA (The Star/Asia News Network) - The bodies of a man and a woman first recovered from the ill-fated Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 are intact, but the level of decomposition indicates that they died three days earlier, according to a preliminary forensic report.

East Java Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Commander Budiyono said on Wednesday that the bodies were already decomposing as they were believed to have passed away about three days ago.

He said both bodies were being transferred to Bhayangkara Hospital in Porda province, about 40km from Surabaya for identification purposes, according to the Star Online.

"We have not received full details on their identity because we just received the bodies today (Wednesday). We will need time to do so," he told reporters at Bhayangkara Hospital here.

He added that the identification process would involve medical experts such as pathologists, DNA experts and odontologists, who will then determine the cause of death.

After the identification process, the bodies will be handed over to family members, said the Star.

It was reported earlier that seven bodies, including a flight attendant, were still in the process of being transferred from Pengkalan Bun in Kalimantan province to Surabaya.

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