Kin Claim Mexicana Crash Victims; U.S. Confirms 1 Identity

Associated Press

Relatives Wednesday identified 95 victims of Monday’s Mexicana Airlines crash that killed all 166 on board, while investigators continued to examine the wreckage, looking for clues to the cause of the disaster.

The Boeing 727 slammed into El Carbon mountain about 15 minutes after takeoff from Mexico City on a flight to Los Angeles.

Recovery of bodies ended late Tuesday, after 160 bodies and parts of others were found, Mexicana officials said. Then, the remains were taken to Mexico City. Mauricio Perez, a spokesman for the coroner’s office and morgue here, said 95 bodies had been identified and turned over to relatives.

Identity Confirmed


U.S. Embassy spokesman Vincent Hovanec confirmed Wednesday that one of the victims had U.S.-Mexican citizenship--Peter Rivaud, 5, whose brother and parents also were on the passenger list. Hovanec declined to release the names of the parents and brother because their bodies have not been identified.

Foreign and Mexican investigators, including a team from Boeing, worked in groups Wednesday studying the wreckage. The crash site is about 90 miles northwest of Mexico City.