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Libyan Air Crash DNA Samples to Trimega Laboratories for Analysis
Date:6/2/2010

LONDON, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Libyan government has instructed UK-based Trimega Laboratories to coordinate DNA analysis and carry out forensic work on the remains of the passengers who died when Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 from Johannesburg crash-landed at Tripoli Airport (on 12.5.10).

All but one of the 104 people onboard the Airbus A330-200 perished - with 70 of the dead originating from Holland, along with a number of Libyans, South Africans, Zimbabweans, Austrians, Germans, French and one British citizen.

Assisted by UK Trade & Investment and under the personal supervision of the head of forensics for the Libyan Ministry of Justice, samples have been transported by a private medical aircraft to Trimega's laboratory in Manchester. Trimega will now perform DNA tests, matching the results with the genotypes of the bodies recovered to ensure their identities are accurately confirmed without delay.

Duncan Hill, Deputy Trade Commissioner for South Africa from UK Trade & Investment, commented: "We wanted to help the families from the Afriqiyah Airways disaster as quickly as possible with regards to passenger identification. With our logistical support and Trimega taking
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