The value of examination aids in victim identification: a retrospective study of an airplane crash in Nepal in 2002

Forensic Sci Int. 2006 Dec 20;164(2-3):155-8. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2005.12.025. Epub 2006 Jan 24.


After the crash of an airplane in Nepal in the year 2002, the dental status of the 14 European victims was examined at autopsy as well as after additional removal of the soft tissue and compared with antemortem findings which were available in 11 cases. Re-examination of all jaws showed that nine composite fillings and seven root fillings as well as one parapulpal pin could not be detected during autopsy. Because tooth-coloured restorations may be overseen even by an experienced expert, the findings underline the necessity of performing a full resection of both jaws and removal of the soft tissue. Furthermore, X-ray analysis of the jaws and the use of phosphoric acid or ultra violet radiation for recognizing tooth-coloured restorations are recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Aviation
  • Adult
  • Composite Resins
  • Dental Amalgam
  • Dental Pins*
  • Dental Restoration, Permanent*
  • Female
  • Forensic Anthropology / methods
  • Forensic Dentistry / methods*
  • Humans
  • Jaw / diagnostic imaging
  • Jaw / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nepal
  • Prosthesis Coloring*
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Composite Resins
  • Dental Amalgam