All bodies of PK-661 crash victims identified, handed over to heirs

Authorities making contact with families of foreigners killed in the crash, says Tariq Fazal Chaudhry

News Desk December 16, 2016
Relatives grieve as they wait for word on the collection of the remains of victims of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash at PIMS hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan December 8, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Bodies of all victims who lost their lives in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) PK-661 plane crash have been identified and handed over to their families, Minister of State for Capital Administration Tariq Fazal said on Friday.

Popular singer-turned-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, two Austrians, and a Chinese national were among the 48 people on-board the aircraft, which came down near Abbottabad on Decmeber 7.

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Fazal said the authorities were trying to contact the embassies now to hand over bodies of the three foreigners who died in the plane crash, Radio Pakistan reported.

About 5.5 million rupees will be distributed among the victims’ families in days to come, he added.

It took days to identify the charred bodies of the victims with the help of DNA and forensic testing.

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