ISLAMABAD: The Federal Information Minister Qmara Zaman Kaira revealed that the Black Box of the crashed Airblue plane had not been found till Wednesday evening.
He said the rescue efforts had been suspended due to darkness and the rescuers will resume work Thursday morning. Kaira provided the latest details of the Airblue plane crash at a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday evening.
He said 115 out of 152 bodies had so far been recovered from the debris and moved to hospitals. He added that 12 bodies had been identified. He said the other dead bodies would be identified through DNA testing. The Information Minister appealed to the parents, siblings and children of the unfortunate passengers of the crashed aircraft to provide their DNA samples at the point set-up at Aabpara. He said the process of collecting DNA samples and matching them with those of the deceased would take one week.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2010.