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Diplomat says those killed in helicopter crash in Turkey to be identified through DNA

March 10, 20:56 UTC+3

The bodies were heavily damaged and cannot be identified visually, according to a Russian diplomat

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ANKARA, March 10. /TASS/. The Russian nationals who were killed in the helicopter crash in Istanbul will be identified by means of DNA testing, Russia’s Consul General in Istanbul Andrei Podyelyshev told TASS on Friday.

"It was a very serious crash. The bodies were heavily damaged and cannot be identified visually. So, the authorities will conduct a DNA study. It means that the bodies will not be taken to Russia soon," he said.

"The local authorities have pledged to offer all possible assistance to our side. Relatives of those killed will begin to arrive in Istanbul in the nighttime," he said.

A private helicopter crashed on Friday morning. It was rented by Eczacibasi Grup to welcome clients and a CEO of the company’s Russian arm, Vitra Russia, at the Ataturk Airport. The rotocraft took off from the airport and at 11:20 it collided with a TV Tower and fell onto Highway E-5.

There were seven persons aboard: two pilots and five passengers, including four Russians. According to the latest data, all the people aboard the helicopter died in the crash.

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