Forensic teams identify 78 DNA strands from remains at Germanwings crash site. Forensic teams have identified 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts spread across the remote mountainside in the French Alps where Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed, killing all 150 people on board.
Rescuers are still, however, to locate the plane’s second black box — its flight data recorder — six days after the Barcelona to Düsseldorf flight crashed into a rocky ravine at 435 miles (700km) per hour. Between 400 and 600 body parts have been located and are currently being examined. “We haven’t found a single body intact,” said Patrick Touron, the deputy director of the police’s criminal research institute. Identification experts were using dental records, DNA samples from family members, fingerprints, jewellery and bits of ID card to help the process. The black box, which is actually orange and weighs around 10kg, was originally in a protective casing, but only the empty casing has been found.