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At least six months wait before Alaska Airlines crash victims can be identified claims NTSB.

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The US National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has indicated that it would be at least six months before the remains of the victims from the crash of Alaska Airlines flight 261 were identified using DNA testing.

A spokesperson for the Ventura County sheriff has said that there had been no fully intact bodies recovered as yet and that `it is an exceptionally difficult process to identify the remains, even by conventional means, given the severe trauma to the plane, passengers and the passengers' personal effects.`

The Alaska Airlines MD-83 crashed on 31 January off Pt Mugu while approaching Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing. The pilot had reported experiencing problems with the aircraft`s horizontal stabiliser while en route from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico to San Francisco. All 88 people onboard were killed.

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