Identification of Deceased Children of Nepal Airlines Crash through Dental Age Estimation

  • Nitin Kumar Agrawal Department of Dentistry, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Samarika Dahal Department of Dentistry, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Harihar Wasti Department of Forensic Medicine, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: Disaster Victim Identification, Nepal Airlines crash, Dental identification

Abstract

Identification of victims in a disaster is a challenging process and requires use of both primary and secondary identifiers. Development of teeth is one of the routinely used methods of age estimation and helps in establishing deceased biological profile. Two children who lost their lives in 2014 in Nepal Airlines crash, were looked for the dental developmental status. One of the children had primary dentition, while the other had mixed dentition. This helped us in estimating age of these individuals reconciled with the chronological age provided by the relatives. This led to the identification of both the children, thus, emphasizing teeth as important means of identification in any disaster.

Keywords: dental age; dental identification; disaster victim identification; forensic dentistry; forensic odontology.

Published
2017-12-31
How to Cite
Agrawal, N., Dahal, S., & Wasti, H. (2017). Identification of Deceased Children of Nepal Airlines Crash through Dental Age Estimation. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 56(208), 469-71. https://doi.org/10.31729/jnma.2999
Section
Case Reports