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Experts Use DNA to Identify Victims of Cameroon Plane Crash


Forensic experts are using genetic (DNA) testing to identify victims of Saturday's Kenya Airways crash in Cameroon.

Recovery teams Thursday are in the process of retrieving remains from the swamp where the jet crashed. Officials cautioned that the remains are in poor condition.

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has declared Monday, May 14, a national day of mourning.

Authorities are probing the cause of the crash that killed all 114 people on board. Officials are also investigating the delay in finding the crash site.

The wreckage was found in a mangrove swamp about 20 kilometers from Douala airport after nearly two days of searching.

Initially, the search focused on an area at least 140 kilometers from Douala based on information received from a satellite signal.

Earlier this week, recovery teams found one of two "black boxes" belonging to the aircraft.

The plane had taken off from Douala and was headed to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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