ADDIS ABABA (Halbeeg News)-Ethiopian Airlines said the crash victims’ DNA tests will take up to 6 months on Saturday.
However, the airline authorities offered bereaved families charred earth from the plane crash site to bury.
The news comes as frustrations among the families of victims grow by the day.
More 30 nationalities across the five continents were affected by the deadly crash.
Authorities are planning to hold a service on Sunday in Addis Ababa, at the Kidist Selassie, or Holy Trinity Cathedral, where many of the country’s past rulers are buried beneath its pink stone spires.
Muslim families have already organised a funeral for their loved ones affected saying their traditional will not allow to taking charred earth for burial.
“We were told by the company that we will be given a kilo of earth each for burial at Selassie Church for a funeral they will organise,” said one family member who asked not to be named told Reuters news agency.
Ethiopian Airlines said it will issue death certificates to all families and provide expense to cover the funeral for each victim.
Meanwhile, A team of investigators in Paris has begun examining the black box recorders recovered from the site where the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed into a field on Sunday after taking off from Addis Ababa.
Flight data has already indicated some similarities with a crash by the same model of the plane during a Lion Air flight in October.