The death toll from the crash of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft, PK-8303, with more than 90 passengers on board and eight crew members has risen to 76, whereas, three passengers have survived.
The officials said that 44 dead bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital and 32 to Civil Hospital. Five deceased persons have been identified, whereas, some wounded passengers were receiving treatment in different hospitals.
A team of forensic experts of Lahore’s University of Health Sciences has readied to depart for Karachi to assist the identification process of the deceased persons.
The team comprises of the officials of the only forensic lab of Asia, Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA), said the spokesperson, adding that the bodies of the deceased passengers in the plane crash incident were present in the Jinnah Hospital.
The NDMA spokesperson also said that the authorities will transfer some dead bodies to another cold centre if it is needed.
On the plane crash site, the officials of rescue teams and Pakistani armed forces have continued rescue activities.
Engineers and medical staff members are also present at the locality to assist the rescue workers for removing the debris. The security officials are also taking help sniffer
Federal Minister for Interior Ijaz Ahmed Shah said that conclusive inquiry needs to be carried out before ascertaining anything on the matter.
The interior minister also expressed firm resolve to bring forth facts related to the harrowing incident and consequences for individuals if found guilty.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his sadness over the tragic Pakistan International Airlines plane crash in Karachi on Friday.
In a tweet posted shortly after the crash, the PM said he was ‘saddened’ to hear about the crash. He has called for an immediate inquiry into the incident:
“Saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi and with the rescue and relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers and condolences go to families of the deceased’