HYDERABAD: Following the Mangalore air crash of May 2010, in least 12 cases, the body remains were mistakenly identified and claimed by relatives.
Families which claimed them based on morphological features and personal effects performed the last rites presuming they had rightly identified the mortal remains of their kin.
These facts were revealed after DNA profiling by the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Hyderabad. DNA-based identification is more effective in identification, said Dr Madhusudhan R Nandineni, senior scientist, CDFD.
Following the crash, the remains of 136 victims were handed over to their families who identified. But the remains of 22 others were not identified.