MH370: DNA sampling at cop's request, says MAS

MH370: DNA sampling at cop's request, says MAS
A woman writes a message on a board for family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at the Malaysian Chinese Association headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2014.

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has confirmed reports that families of MH370 victims were requested to provide DNA samples during Tuesday's briefing.

However, it said that the request was made by the police's forensics team.

"With reference to reports on the ante-mortem DNA sampling that was mentioned at the recent MH370 family briefing at MAS Academy in Kelana Jaya, this briefing was provided by the Royal Malaysian Police's Forensics team," according to MAS media relations on Friday.

"As such, the ante-mortem procedures will be addressed by the police or the relevant authorities," it said.

MAS said that their top priority is to "provide care and assistance" to the families of the passengers and crew affected by the MH370 tragedy.

Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing went missing on March 8.

It was carrying 239 people, comprising 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

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