PENANG, 4 NOV: Universiti Sains Malaysia researchers will join the forensics team on the mission to bring back the remains of the crash victims of British RAF plane Doughlas DC-3 Dakota which crashed at Gua Musang, 58 years ago.
The crash was confirmed on 25 August 1950. On board were 9 British officers, 1 Malayan policeman and 2 civilians.
The USM team will be Dr. Zafarina Zainuddin from the School of Health Sciences, Associate Prof. Dr Stephen Chia Ming Soon from the Malaysian Archaeology Centre and other researchers. The expedition will begin at 6.30 am on 5 November 2008. They are expected to return on 9 November 2008.
According to Dr. Zafarina, the skeletons will be stored in in USM for DNA analysis before officially handed over to a representative of the British government. There will also be a special ceremony attended by the families of the crash victims.
The crash site was found on 19 June by the Malaysian Army, approximately 3 kilometres from Penchong village, Gua Musang.
For a photo of the Dakota, please click on the link below