CAIRO: A private Russian plane carrying bodily remains of 10 passengers killed in the Saturday’s airline crash departed Cairo airport Friday, Youm7 reported.
Recovered at the crash site in Sinai Friday morning, the remains were immediately transferred to Cairo airport. They were accompanied by 19 members of the Russian rescue team that has been searching for bodies of missing victims since Sunday.
The head of the health unit at Sharm el-Sheikh airport, Medhat Qandil, said the remains of the last 28 people killed in the crash had been sent to Moscow on Tuesday aboard a military jet, along with luggage from the doomed plane and personal belongings found at the crash site.
The bodies of all the other 196 dead passengers and crew had already arrived in Russia, but the final 28 were delayed as the corpses were not intact and required search teams to gather up body parts and conduct DNA tests, Qandil said.
Family members of the victims have already started providing DNA samples at a crisis centre established at the Pulkovo airport Sunday, Russian officials told Reuters.
The jet crashed on Saturday, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board.