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All Crash Victims Identified, Authorities Say

August 9, 1985

DALLAS (AP) _ The remains of all 133 people who died in the crash of Delta Air Lines Flight 191 have been identified, according to Dallas County medical examiners.

″I think we’re pleased we completed this for the families,″ Bill Lene, chief field agent for the medical examiner’s office, said Thursday. ″There’s a whole lot of tension when you know the families are depending on what you pull together.″

The 130 victims taken to the Dallas County Institute of Forensic Sciences from the Aug. 2 crash of the wide-bodied L-1011 have been identified, said Dr. Charles Petty, chief medical examiner.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified remains of two crash victims who died in Fort Worth area hospitals. Authorities said another victim was a man killed when the plane demolished his car on Texas Highway 114.

Investigators used X-rays, dental records, photographs, fingerprints and other information to determine identities.

The medical examiner’s office will continue to study records to determine whether victims died of trauma or burns. Authorities said they may be able to determine where the fire in the plane started by comparing seating charts with the victims and their injuries.

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