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26 August 2008

Kyrgyzstan requests INTERPOL support following fatal plane crash

LYON, France – INTERPOL is deploying a support team to Kyrgyzstan at the request of national authorities following a fatal plane crash in the country’s capital.

The flight from Bishkek International Airport was bound for Iran when it crashed shortly after take-off on Sunday, killing 65 out of the 90 passengers and crew on board.

Many of the victims of the crash were foreign nationals and Kyrgyzstan authorities have now requested INTERPOL’s assistance in the assessment and implementation of Disaster Victim Identification procedures.

“The team being deployed to Kyrgyzstan will provide on-site expertise and advice in relation to the protocols for identifying victims which will help speed up the process and ensure that the victims’ remains can be returned to their families as quickly as possible,” said INTERPOL’s Director of Operational Police Support, Brian Minihane.

INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Co-ordination Centre (CCC) at its headquarters in Lyon, France, have been in constant contact with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Bishkek to provide the fullest support to Kyrgyzstan authorities following the incident.

In the event of a natural disaster, terrorist act or other crisis situation, any of INTERPOL’s 186 member countries can request the assistance of an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT).

An INTERPOL IRT – typically composed of expert police and support staff tailored to the specific nature of the incident – can be briefed, equipped and deployed anywhere in the world within 12 to 24 hours of a request being received.