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Second Israeli Body Retrieved from Site of Dutch El Al Crash

The body of a second Israeli has been recovered at the site of the crash of an El Al cargo jet here.

The remains of flight engineer Gedalyah Sofer, 61, will be flown home for burial. An El Al team is continuing to search for the bodies of captain Yitzhak Fuchs and co-pilot Arnon Ohad, who were killed when the Boeing 707 smashed into two Amsterdam apartment houses on Oct. 4.

The body of the plane’s sole passenger, Anat Levy Salomon, wife of an El Al security official in Amsterdam, is also being flown home for burial.

Fifty-two bodies had been recovered at the site, of whom 26 were identified, at the time of this report. Another 38 persons have been reported missing, 28 of them at or very near the site of the disaster.

Meanwhile, fragments of about 40 percent of the aircraft have been found.

The municipality of Amsterdam and housing groups have offered new accommodations to 230 families and single persons made homeless by the crash. Each household will also receive $10,000 and each single person $6,000 for new furniture.

Meanwhile, several American lawyers have arrived in Amsterdam to offer help to victims or their next-of-kin in submitting claims for damages. Most of those affected are not insured.

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