Tests prove remains are missing pilots
- Published: 27/11/2012 at 01:53 PM
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The human remains recently found with the wreckage of a Cessna plane that crashed in Khao Yai National Park five years ago are definitely those of the missing pilots, Police General Hospital confirmed on Tuesday.
The hospital's director, Dr Jongjet Aoajenpong, told a press briefing on Tuesday that DNA tests confirmed the remains were Phakhin Thaithanom, a pilot trainer of Bangkok Aviation Centre Co, and his student Ranop Lueangwilawan.
Genetic material extracted from the bones recovered at the wreckage had been compared with samples taken from their parents. In both cases, the match was positive. The relatives will take the remains for funeral services.
The two-seater Cessna 172 aircraft went off the radar during a flight from Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district to Don Mueang airport in Bangkok on Aug 9, 2007.
The wreckage was discovered only recently and their skeletons were found on Nov 16 under layers of leaves at the crash site. Boots, a necklace, wallets and wristwatches were also recovered and taken to the Ban Pong Kon Sao Nature Learning Centre in Kaeng Khoi district in Saraburi.
A tourist trekking in the national park stumbled across the crash site, took a photograph of the wreckage and gave it to wildlife officials.
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