Total of 289 victims on board flight MH17 identified

Another five of the victims of the MH17 plane crash were identified this week. Four of the five victims are of Dutch nationality. Including the victims already identified, a total of 289 victims on board flight MH17 have now been identified. The nationality of the non-Dutch victims is being kept confidential at the request of the embassies of the countries involved.

The victims' next of kin have been informed. The mayors of the victims' home towns will also be informed at the request of the victims' families.

The National Forensic Investigations Team (Landelijk Team Forensische Opsporing, LTFO) has been working on identifying the 298 victims of the MH17 plane crash since 17 July 2014. Since then, 289 victims have been identified on the basis of dental work, fingerprints or DNA.

Of the 9 missing persons, DNA has not yet been found on the collected body parts. It is possible that information of these 9 missing persons can still be derived from the body parts currently present in Hilversum, for which a usable DNA profile is currently not yet available. It is not yet possible to say if and when that information will become available. It is also possible that the bodies and/or body parts of these missing persons were not recovered at the site of the crash. The media will be informed when new identification information becomes available.