About the flight TM 470 Maputo – Luanda
20.00 (Maputo), 06 December 2013
- Update on the accident involving LAM Mozambique Airlines Flight TM470
Following is our 6th update following the tragic loss of LAM Mozambique Airlines flight TM470 on Friday 29th November 2013
Today, work started to collect DNA samples from families to aid with the formal identification of people who perished in the crash. The purpose is to return the remains and personal effects of everyone on board so their families can arrange funerals for their loved ones.
Family members in direct and close line with those on board are being asked to provide DNA samples in a process that is being conducted by a small team of fully trained, experienced professionals working to recognised international standards. They have been officially authorised, by the Mozambique forensic pathologist here in Maputo, to undertake this important work.
The process will be conducted in private and will remain wholly confidential, forever. Nothing will be disclosed to anyone outside the process – the people collecting the information, the people supporting the families through the process, and the laboratory doing the analysis plus the families. No one will know what is disclosed in private during the process and we have assured the families that this is the case.
LAM is providing translators to ensure that families fully understand the process. Similarly they will ensure we can acknowledge and allay any concerns that relatives might raise.
We have also arranged for psychologists to support the families throughout the process as although the process itself is not invasive (it involves gently wiping an oral swab against the inside of one’s cheek), we appreciate that some relatives will be distressed and upset because of the very sad reason for needing this process. We are doing everything we can to support the families through this stage of the deceased’s identification process, and it is part of our continuing commitment to them.
Meanwhile, yesterday we unveiled a mural to honour and remember those who died in the crash. It is located immediately outside LAM’s head office. Families joined us at the unveiling of the mural and placed white roses and other flowers at its base as a mark of respect to those who died. This mural is a temporary arrangement to provide an early opportunity for people who want to commemorate their loved ones’ memories. In due course, we intend to erect a permanent memorial.
A photograph of the unveiling of the memorial is attached.
We will provide another update as new information is available.
LAM Mozambique Airlines