ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The remains of the victims of the plane crash were shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) where 123 were identified while 113 were handed over to their aggrieved relatives; meanwhile the DNA test would be conducted of the dead bodies which have not been identified.
Hospital sources said that the process of identification with the help of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) is underway.
A special flight of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) carrying the relatives of air-crash victims had arrived earlier in Islamabad on Saturday.
A special counter has been set up by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) at the Islamabad airport to entertain queries.
According to the PIA spokesman, the flight PK-300 was scheduled to take off at 7:00 am but due to the chaotic situation at the airport, it took off at 7:45 am. The flight carried 418 passengers along with members of 94 bereaved families of the crash victims.
Doctor Waseem Khawaja, who is in charge of Islamabad’s main hospital, the PIMS, said bodies had been brought in more than 100 bags. “There was no survivor, all on board are dead,” Khawaja said.
The investigation of the Bhoja Airline’s crash is underway and the record of conversation between the pilot and control tower has been sealed.
According to sources, initial investigations reveal that the plane had caught fire before it crashed which may have been caused by bad weather and lighting striking the plane. The plane had lost contact with the control tower prior to the crash.
The four member team constituted by Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi is being led by experienced civil aviation official Mujahid Islam and other members include Kabir Khan, Dr Ijaz and Imanullah Alvi.
The plane’s black box recovered from the site of the crash has been handed over to the head of the investigation team. Meanwhile the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority has also arrived in Islamabad.
The control of the crash site has been handed over by the army to civil authorities.
The investigation team is currently collecting forensic evidence from the site of crash. According to initial report the airliner hit a tree before crash.
According to the initial investigation report, the last words the co-pilot said to air traffic control were “I have lost control of the plane”, after which they lost contact with the plane at around three minutes before crash.
Bhoja Air’s aged B737-200 took off from Karachi airport at 5:05pm and crashed five nautical miles from Islamabad airport on the village of Hussainabad. However, rescuers said people on the ground remained largely safe as the bulk of the wreckage fell in an open area.
Air traffic controllers at Islamabad s Benazir Bhutto international airport said the Bhoja Airlines plane was properly positioned when it begun its approach.
Then, suddenly, it sharply descended, falling to 200 feet while still traveling at 300 miles an hour, three minutes before it was scheduled to land.
The pilot issued a mayday call, saying a fuel tank had caught fire and the plane was out of control. He asked for help to attempt an emergency landing, telling controllers he could see the roofs of homes but not the airport’s landing strip.
But the airliner descended 50 feet more before its tanks exploded, said a report by Pakistan’s civil aviation authority.
Head of the Investigation Team Group Captain retired Mujahidul Islam has said that according to preliminary reports, Bhoja plane had caught fire before crash.
Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said complete investigation will be carried out to determine the exact cause of the crash.
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