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Officials Still Identifying Victims Of Gander Plane Crash

January 8, 1986

DOVER, Del. (AP) _ Army personnel have returned to the site of last month’s charter plane crash in Canada in an effort to find ″anything″ that would help identify the rest of the 248 soldiers who died there, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Military experts and Canadian officials are working at the crash site in site in Gander, Newfoundland ″to see if there are any additional body remains or anything else to help,″ Sgt. Stephen E. Sotcan said in a telephone interview from Alexandria, Va.

The plane crashed Dec. 12, taking the lives of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. and eight crew members.

The bodies began arriving Dec. 16 at Dover Air Force Base for autopsies, identification and preparation for burial.

Sotcan said 111 bodies have been identified so far and, of those, 101 have been transferred to their families for burial.

Many medical records were destroyed in the fiery plane crash, but Sotcan said that even if all the records were intact, the bodies were so badly burned that the identification process would have been slowed.

He said bad weather in Gander has hampered the scouring of the crash site.

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