INDONESIA: Australian police confirm identities of five Australians killed in March 7 Garuda plane crash in YogyakartaRecord ID: 382185
- Title: INDONESIA: Australian police confirm identities of five Australians killed in March 7 Garuda plane crash in Yogyakarta
- Date: 11th March 2007
- Summary: EXTERIOR OF SARDJITO HOSPITAL ENTRANCE TO ROOM WHERE PRESS CONFERENCE IS BEING HELD
- Reuters ID: LVA7IPP7WRUCM6V849VTH0DG41PY
- Location: Indonesia
- Country: Indonesia
- Duration: 00:00:06
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Transport
- Story Text: The Australian Federal Police have named the five Australians killed in last week's Garuda plane crash in Yogyakarta as investigators continue their work at the site.
The Australian police held a news conference on Saturday (March 10) to disclose the identities of victims while investigators probed the wreckage of the Indonesian airliner that crashed in Yogyakarta last week, killing more than 20 people.
The chief of the Australian Federal Police for Disaster Victim Identification, Mick Travis, said post mortem examinations are now complete and the Indonesian and Australian police have confirmed the identities of the Australian victims.
"I can now confirm that Australian citizens Brice Steele, Elizabeth O'Neill, Mark Scott, Allison Sudradjat and Henry Morgan Mellish have been positively identified as being involved in that incident and are deceased."
Australians were the largest number of foreigners on board the ill-fated Garuda Airlines flight from Jakarta which crashed last Wednesday (March 7).
International and local investigators are still at the site searching for clues as to the cause of the crash.
Investigators have found the plane's black box which has been sent to Australia so important flight data can be retrieved. Indonesian police say early signs suggest human error.
The pilot and co-pilot survived without major injuries but have not been interrogated yet because they are still in shock.
Yogyakarta, around 440 km (270 miles) southeast of Jakarta, is known as the cultural heart of Indonesia and is popular with tourists. Its Adisucipto airport is known for its short runway.
Indonesia has suffered a string of transport accidents in recent months, including an Adam Air plane that disappeared in January with 102 passengers and crew on board and a ferry sinking in late December in which hundreds died.
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