Army recovers 36 bodies form PIA plane crash site

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army had recovered 36 dead bodies after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ATR plane carrying about 47 people crashed in Havelian area of Abbottabad on Wednesday evening, ISPR said.
The plane crashed in the Havelian area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 125km (77 miles) north of Islamabad.
“All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered,” Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in Havelian, told. Khan, who was at the site of the crash, said witnesses told him “the aircraft has crashed in a mountainous area, and before it hit the ground it was on fire”. Witnesses on the crash site said there were unlikely to be any survivors.
According to latest reports from the Inter-Services Public Relations, 36 bodies have been recovered from the plane’s wreckage, which had scattered over a several kilometres. “Rescue effort continues. 36 bodies recovered so far,” the ISPR said in a statement, adding that 500 army personnel were taking part in the operation.
According Civil Aviation Authority officials, the ATR-42 turboprop plane with 47 passengers went missing from the radar near the town of Havelian in Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while it was on its way to Islamabad.
The plane took off from Chitral around 3:50PM but communication with the control tower was broken around 4:42PM, shortly before it was about to arrive at its destination.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) put the number of people on board at 47 but Sohail Ahmed, a PIA official in Chitral, said there were 41 people on board, including four crew members.
According to the flight manifest, there were several people on board with foreign names.


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