It might take at least a fortnight for the body of Rijo K. Eldhose, who died in Sunday's air crash in Nigeria, to arrive at his hometown Neriamangalam in Ernakulam district, family sources said.
Since the corpses of the 153 people on board the aircraft were all mangled and cannot be recognised individually, the authorities in Lagos, Nigeria, were now planning to identify the victims by matching the DNA samples of the their parents.
On being told by the Nigerian authorities to send his DNA sample, K. Eldhose, father of Rijo, left for Delhi on Wednesday. The family said it would take a week to get the DNA sample from the Delhi lab and yet another week for the Nigerian authorities to get the samples matched as they would have to send the sample to the United States.
Rijo, a computer engineer working for HP in Nigeria, died in a Dana Air air-crash in Lagos that killed 195 people.