Autopsies on 118 bodies recovered from the Aug. 14 plane crash near Athens show all passengers and crew died on impact, a chief state coroner said Sunday.
The coroner, Fillippos Koutsaftis, said examination of DNA, tissue and dental records would continue in an effort to identify those bodies too badly damaged by the impact and the ensuing fire for families to recognize them.
Helios Flight 522 had been flying from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Athens with 115 passengers and six crew members when it crashed about 25 miles north of Athens in Greece's worst air disaster. Three bodies have not been found.
Investigators are examining reports that the pilots were incapacitated by a possible loss of cabin pressure but have not determined precisely what went wrong on the flight before it crashed. Some officials had said earlier that the passengers may have already been dead when the plane went down.
Two Greek air force F-16 fighter planes were scrambled to intercept the flight shortly before the accident. Pilots reported seeing the co-pilot slumped over the controls, apparently unconscious, officials have said.
On Saturday, state-run NET television reported that tests on traces of blood found in the wreckage have indicated that a flight attendant who reportedly received flight training was in the cockpit when the plane crashed. The attendant's father said he believed his son was trying to save the flight.
"He always loved airplanes and everything about flying," said Dinos Prodromou, the father of Andreas Prodromou. "I believe my son had the courage to do what was necessary. Unfortunately, he didn't make it."