The kin of victims of the ill-fated Ethiopian plane crash will have to wait longer in order to verify the DNA of those who perished.
This is according to a statement released by the airline on Saturday March 16Â announcing that the process will take at least six months to be completed.
The statement further revealed that the death certificates of all those who perished would be sent to respective addresses in the next two weeks.
â€śPersonal belongings of the deceased will be returned to the NOKâ€™s after proper verification approximately within two months,â€ť read the statement.
The kin to the deceased were, therefore, advised to give their DNA samples at a hotel in Ethiopia orÂ through Ethiopian Airlines Group (ETG) closest to them.
This came shortly after the bereaved family and friends expressed dissatisfaction in how the airline was handling the case.
On March 14, the bereaved held protests in EthiopiaÂ due to the lack of clarity of DNA analysis by the authorities.
Some stated they didn’t get answers following the meetings they held with the Ethiopian Airlines authorities.
â€śThey called us to give us a report on bodies and the reasons for the crash but there was no information,â€ť one of the victims stated.
On Tuesday March 12,Â Ethiopian Airlines spokesman, Asrat Begashaw,Â noted that due to the impact and ensuing fire, the identification of some remains could take weeks or months and may need to be done via dental records or DNA.