Police has announced that they have sent a team to Addis Ababa to help identify and recover items of Commissioner of Police, Christine Alalo who perished in an air crash.
Alalo was one of the 157 people from 35 countries aboard the Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 flight that crashed shortly after taking off in Addis Ababa on March 10.
According to eye witness accounts, the plane came nose diving while smoke from its tail was visible before debris spread to over 200 metres wide and rescuers could not clearly identify the burnt bodies.
However, according to police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, Uganda has dispatched a team led by their chief pathologist and some children to the deceased to help identify and recover her body.
“The team is headed by the director of Police Health Services, Dr.Moses Byaruhanga , a pathologist with vast experience in handling identification processes of victims,”Enanga said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
“The team also comprises James Gregory Okello, a brother to the late and Alvin Asiimwe, the second son to the deceased,” he said.
According to police, the team will also be joined by the deceased’s elder son Emmanuel Ahimbisibwe who will be travelling from Canada on Friday.
The sibling and sons, according to police will help in availing DNA samples to help in finding a match to the remains of the fallen senior police officer among those that have been recovered.
“In Addis Ababa, the team will be received by AIGP Xavier Rwego from Interpol African Union and jointly work closely with the forensic experts tasked with the identification and recovery of human remains of the victims,” Enanga added.
Fellow Police officers recently described their deceased fellow officer as being disciplined, hardworking, mother and one with an infectious smile.
The Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists on Sunday that the pilot of the aircraft that crashed shortly after take-off had alerted controllers of difficulties and had wanted to return to the airport but never made it safely.
On Monday, the airline announced it had recovered the black box to the ill-fated aircraft including the digital flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder which will be crucial items in investigations into the circumstances under which the plane crashed.
Following the Sunday crash, a number of countries led by Ethiopia, China, Egypt and latest USA among others have banned and grounded all Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts from their airspace over a number of faults linked to them