7 Sep 2010

Post-mortems completed on Fox crash victims

8:31 pm on 7 September 2010

Post-mortems on all of those killed in the Fox Glacier air crash on Saturday have been completed.

There is still work ahead, however, before any of the bodies can be positively identified. Police will now compare the post-mortem information with descriptions of the victims from their families.

Dental and fingerprint records are needed to identify all nine bodies.

Four tourists and five employees of Skydive New Zealand when their plane crashed just after taking off from Fox Glacier airport.

Police say it could still be a few more days before the victims' bodies are released.

MPs express their sympathies

When Parliament resumed on Tuesday afternoon, MPs expressed their sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of those who died in the crash.

Labour MP Damien O'Connor told the House that the flight was the ninth of the day, by a very experienced pilot, in a plane built for the job.