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Karachi plane crash: 66 bodies identified, Rs 1 million aid announced for heirs

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Yesterday, a PIA passenger plane PK8303 en route from Lahore to Karachi crashed before landing. Of the 99 people on board, 97 have been confirmed dead, while two passengers have survived the crash. So far 66 bodies have been identified.

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Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Friday announced to pay Rs 1 million to the families of those killed in the crash of Pakistan International Airlines flight PK8303 in Karachi and said that the investigation report If I find fault with the minister or the chief executive, he will hold himself accountable.

On the other hand, the exhumation work was completed after the accident of PIA plane PK8303. So far, 66 bodies have been identified after 97 deaths were confirmed in the crash.

Two people on board survived the crash and are being treated at various hospitals.

In a press conference in Karachi on Saturday, Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan along with Chief Executive Officer of the national airline Arshad Malik said that the bodies of 21 people killed in the plane crash have been handed over to their heirs after identification. ۔

“Initially, the government has released Rs 1 million for the families of the dead passengers and Rs 5 million for the injured,” he said. “The actual amount of insurance is around Rs 5 million. We will try our best to reach out to the affected families as soon as possible,” he said.

The federal aviation minister said the government would repair the damage caused by the crash and provide assistance according to its status.

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“We have just visited the site of the accident. Many houses and people’s property have been damaged. We have ordered a preliminary inspection and it will be seen that every house will be repaired,” he said. And the government will bear the cost of rehabilitation.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that “these houses will be completely restored and handed over to the occupants and similarly those whose vehicles are burnt will also be repaired”.

On the occasion, PIA chief Arshad Malik said that DNA samples of 96 passengers have been obtained and a special team has been called from Lahore and deployed at Karachi University to match the DNA. To be identified.

Arshad Malik said that 100% of the family members have been contacted and as soon as the process of DNA matching is completed, we will start the process of handing over the bodies.

He said that the government of Pakistan has formed a committee to investigate the accident which has started its work and my only concern with the investigation is to provide them with the information and documents requested. Other than that, I have nothing to do with the investigation.

However, the Federal Minister said, “Every one of us is an expert. This is a national accident, a tragedy and a great event. We must give our opinion on this, but whatever opinion we have to give should be given before the inquiry committee.”

Talking about the investigation into the accident, he said, “After the approval of the Prime Minister, a committee of inquiry has been formed and it has four highly experienced officers of the Pakistan Air Force.”

Talking about the transparency of the inquiry committee, Federal Minister Ghulam Sarwar assured that “a transparent inquiry will be held into the incident and every effort will be made to bring the facts before the nation and parliament as soon as possible.”

Locals are standing on the roof of a house where debris can be seen

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Locals are standing on the roof of a house where debris can be seen

According to the Pakistan Army Public Relations Department, the bodies of 97 people have been recovered from the spot, after which 25 affected houses have been cleared and the residents have been shifted to other places with the help of local administration.

According to our correspondent in Karachi, Riaz Sohail, the process of identification of the dead is underway and in the first phase, biometrics is being done. Will identify the bodies.

Meanwhile, according to civil aviation officials, the black box of the plane has been found which will be sent for decoding and the report may take several weeks.

The plane crash at Jinnah Garden in Karachi’s Model Colony has been lamented by other world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Last night, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed regret over the plane crash and said that the United States stands with Pakistan in this difficult time.

It may be recalled that a four-member committee has been constituted by the federal government to investigate the accident.

When did the accident happen?

A PIA plane coming from Lahore to Karachi crashed at Jinnah Garden near Model Colony near Airbus A320 Airport at 2.25 pm Pakistan time yesterday.

The plane was carrying 99 people, including eight crew members.

According to PIA CEO Arshad Malik, the plane was in flight and for the final landing, the pilot approached the control tower and informed that the plane was fully ready for landing.

He said that after arriving at the airport, the plane decided to go round and something happened to him. These details will be known only by checking the black box.

Meanwhile, Faisal Edhi, head of the Edhi Foundation and one of the first to arrive at the scene, told the BBC that the plane crashed two to two and a half hundred meters from the runway, where it A house collided with a water tank on the third floor and plunged into a 20-foot-wide alley.

How many bodies have been identified so far?

According to Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra, 97 bodies have been found after the Karachi plane crash, including 68 men, 26 women and 3 children.

A statement issued by the Sindh provincial minister said that 66 bodies have been identified out of those killed in the accident and two of the six injured passengers survived while four residents were undergoing treatment.

Dr Azra Pechoho said the DNA of the unidentified bodies had been sent to the Karachi University lab. According to the Sindh Health Minister, so far 47 survivors have submitted DNA samples. He said that the results of DNA components will come in 21 days.

Earlier in the day, the Sindh government had set up a lab for DNA samples of the bodies to identify the bodies.

One of the bodies identified so far is that of Sajjad Gul, the pilot of the plane.

In addition, the body of Lieutenant Balach Khan, who had recently joined the army, was also identified, after which his body was handed over to his family. His funeral prayers will be offered today after Asr prayers.

In addition, the bodies of Major Shehryar’s wife Mahim and daughter Alyssa Shehryar have also been identified.

Who are the lucky survivors?

While 97 people were killed in the plane crash yesterday, two passengers also survived.

Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab identified the two men as Muhammad Zubair and Zafar Masood in a tweet yesterday.

He said the two passengers were miraculously safe but were still injured but their condition was out of danger and they were currently being treated at two different hospitals.

Later, senior PPP leader and provincial education minister Senator Saeed Ghani shared a photo of himself with a passenger who survived the Karachi plane crash.

Talking to a private television channel Geo, Ghani said that Muhammad Zubair was coming from Sialkot to Karachi to celebrate Eid and was on an ill-fated plane.

He said that according to the doctors, 30 percent of Muhammad Zubair’s body was burnt but he was conscious.

The other passenger who survived the accident was Zafar Masood, the current president of The Bank of Punjab.

Zafar Masood was shifted from the accident site to a private hospital in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of ​​Karachi where he was examined by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

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What can be heard in the audio of the plane’s May Day call?

An audio clip aired on local media is said to be of a conversation between the pilot and the control tower.

In this call the pilot can be heard giving a midday call.

At the beginning of the clip, the pilot’s voice appears that all the engines of his plane have failed. The tower then lets them know if they are going to make a belly landing, and then tells them that both runways are available to them.

Moments later, the pilot of the plane calls ‘May Day’, after which there is silence.

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How long will the accident investigation be completed?

The federal government has formed a four-member committee to investigate the crash of a PIA passenger plane in Karachi.

According to a notification issued in this regard, the inquiry committee will be headed by Air Commodore Muhammad Usman Ghani, Chairman, Aircraft Accident and Investigation Board.

Its other members include Wing Commander Malik Mohammad Imran, Group Captain Tauqeer and Nasir Majeed.

The inquiry committee has been directed to complete its investigation and submit its report as soon as possible. However, the committee has also been directed to submit its preliminary report within a month.

According to PIA CEO Arshad Malik, the details of what happened to the plane will be known only after checking the black box.

He said in a press conference yesterday that whether the plane had a technical problem or a bird hit the plane will be known only then.

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What do we know about the plane that crashed?

The Airbus A320 that crashed in Karachi today was added to the PIA fleet in 2014.

According to correspondent Shehzad Malik, the Civil Aviation’s Air Verdance Department inspected the aircraft six times during the period.

The plane was last inspected on November 6 last year. The November 6 inspection was effective until November 5 this year.

PIA Chief Engineer Karachi Airport had issued maintenance and review certificate to the aircraft on April 28 this year. The certificate was valid until November 25 this year.

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