The death toll from the crash of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft, PK-8303, with 99 passengers on board and eight crew members has risen to 97, whereas, three passengers have survived.
The relief and rescue work at the site of plane crash near Karachi airport continues and 97 bodies have been recovered from the debris until now, said Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar on Saturday.
25 houses that were damaged in the plane crash have been cleared and the affectees have been shifted to another location, Pakistan army’s spokesperson said.
The provincial health department said 50 bodies at the hospital were yet to be identified, while 16 bodies had been identified.
The health department further said that the remaining 31 bodies had been moved to Civil Hospital, of which six bodies were of women and 25 of men. It said 28 of bodies kept at the hospital have yet to be identified while the process of identification
The Civil Aviation Authority has also established a helpline which will remain functional round the clock for keeping updated the family members and relatives of the PK-8303 passengers.
The flight data recorder from the Pakistani airliner that crashed into a residential neighbourhood of Karachi has been found. “The black box had been found late yesterday, we are handing it over to the inquiry board,” PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan said. He said that included both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.
The airline’s chief executive, Arshad Malik, said on Friday the last message received from the pilot indicated there was a technical problem.
Another senior civil aviation official told Reuters it appeared the plane had been unable to lower its landing gear for the first approach.