ISLAMABAD: A day after tragic incident, authorities sent remains of at least 23 victims of PK-661 crash to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) hospital of Islamabad for the purpose of DNA testing.
The entire nation mourned the worst aviation disaster that claimed nearly 50 lives, including the live of prominent scholar Junaid Jamshed.
Officials said the PIA flight crashed into a hillside after one of its two turboprop engines failed while travelling from Chitral to Islamabad.
The plane burst into flames, killing everyone on board.
The remains of the 48 victims will be handed over to their surviving relatives after identification.
The Aviation Division secretary and the Civil Aviation director general have claimed that the crew and pilots operating flight PK-661 were experienced professionals, and that the aircraft had undergone routine and regular maintenance.
PM Nawaz Sharif has directed the inquiry into the incident.
Sources said not even a single body was intact.
Rescuers, including hundreds of villagers, had overnight pulled charred and smoking remains from the wreckage of the aircraft, parts of which were found hundreds of metres away from the main site in Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The villagers in the area put into sacks whatever they could find, and carried them to the ambulance.
Six of the victims had already been identified through fingerprints. Details of the identified passengers were pasted on the wall outside the mortuary of Ayub Medical Complex.
The PIA has announced to give an amount of Rs.500,000 cash to the next of kin of each of the 47 persons who lost their lives in the tragic crash.
The black box of the plane has also been found from the crash site.
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