Fifty of the Fatal Victims of Air Disaster Already Identified

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Sergio Rabell, director of the Institute of Legal Medicine. (Photo taken from

Cuban experts identified 50 fatal victims of the air disaster occurred last Friday in Havana, said the director of the Institute of Legal Medicine, Sergio Rabell

In statements to the press, the official said that in the last hours they identified 10 other people, five of them foreigners (four of the six Mexican crew members and one of the two Sahrawis living on the island).

According to Rabell, the rapid progress in identifying the remains of the tragedy is due in large part to the experience of the specialists working in the case of the Boeing 737-200, leased by Cubana de Aviacion, which crashed last Friday with 113 people on board.

He also highlighted the tenacity of forensic experts, anthropologists, criminologists and other experts at the Institute of Legal Medicine, and recalled that all the bags with the bodies were already examined and the belongings of the fatal victims were classified.

Only three women —all Cubans— survived the disaster, but one of them, 23-year-old Gretell Landrove, died on the eve, so the total death toll rises to 111.

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