Crash of Flight 5191

Identification packets assembled for 30 crash victims

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said yesterday that his office has handed 30 identification packages to the State Central Laboratory in Frankfort to help identify Flight 5191 crash victims.

Each package contains medical, dental and DNA records for one person killed Sunday. The packages are to help speed the release of bodies to families for burial.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher visited the lab yesterday to thank the state’s coroners and forensic lab workers who have worked to retrieve and identify the 49 victims.

The National Transportation Safety Board has complimented the staff “as one of the finest groups they have worked with,” Fletcher said. He said he visited with the medical teams, the laboratory workers, firefighters and other emergency workers. He also had a brief meeting with Dr. Tracey Corey, the state’s chief medical examiner.

“They all have done an exemplary job,” he said. Asked whether the medical examiners told him when the bodies might be released to the families, Fletcher said, “They are working on that. It will be days.”

Stacy Floden, a spokeswoman for the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, said medical examiners were working through last night trying to identify the bodies.

She said the bodies of all 49 victims are at the state lab in Frankfort and she did not know when any of them will be released.

Family members with medical or dental records of crash victims are asked to contact Ginn at his office at (859) 455-5700 or fax information to (859) 455-5711.

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