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Medicolegal aspects of the Thai Airbus crash near Kathmandu, Nepal: findings of the investigating pathologists.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9662115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A Thai Airbus, carrying 99 passengers and 14 crew members, traveling from Bangkok to Kathmandu, hit a mountain and crashed several minutes before landing. There were no survivors. Recovered human remains, none of which was easily identifiable, varied in size from a small piece of muscle to mutilated bodies. Of the 97 fragments, only 15 were sufficiently intact (albeit, only partially) to be designated as "bodies." Of the fragments and "bodies," only 11 were positively identified. Causes of death, although all traumatic, could not be stated accurately due to the degree of disintegration. Identification of human remains in these circumstances is a major problem for the pathologist.
R Fernando; P Vanezis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  1998 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-09-11     Completed Date:  1998-09-11     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Aviation*
Cause of Death
Forensic Anthropology / methods*
Forensic Medicine / legislation & jurisprudence*

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