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PIA plane crash: Victims’ DNA reports to be out in 21 days – Pechuho


Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho has said that 19 victims of the Karachi PIA plane crash have been identified while DNA reports of the rest will take 21 days to arrive.

She was holding a press conference with Information and Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah and provincial government spokesman Murtaza Wahab.

The Health Minister said a total of 97 people were killed in the crash while two survived, of which one is admitted in Dar-ul-Sehat and the other was being treated at the Civil Hospital.

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She said that after the incident, 66 bodies were taken to Jinnah and 31 to Civil Hospital including 68 men, 26 women and 3 children. So far, 19 bodies have been identified and handed over to their families.

Pechuho said that so far DNA samples of 97 bodies have been taken and 47 relatives have also submitted samples of their DNA. The final DNA reports will take 21 days, she added.

Replying to a question, the provincial health minister said that the governor misstated about DNA as we have set up a high quality laboratory in Sindh and all DNA tests will be conducted in the lab of Karachi University.

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On this occasion, Murtaza Wahab said that six residents of the neighbourhood were injured because of the plane crash while 16 were displaced who have now been moved to a local hotel. Moreover, 19 houses, 10 vehicles and three motorcycles were also affected because of the plane crash.

The Sindh government spokesman added that the fire brigade, the mayor of Karachi, Chhipa, Edhi, civil and military agencies worked together in rescue efforts. He appealed to the public to celebrate Eid with simplicity in view of the current situation.

In response to a question, Murtaza Wahab said that the moral and legal responsibility for the accident lies with the PIA and it should compensate those affected for the losses.

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Health Minister Azra Pechuho has said that 19 victims of the Karachi PIA plane crash have been identified while DNA reports of the rest will take 21 days to arrive. She was holding a press conference with Information and Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah and provincial government spokesman Murtaza Wahab. The Health Minister said a total of 97 people were killed in the crash while two survived, of which one is admitted in Dar-ul-Sehat and the other was being treated at the Civil Hospital. She said that after the incident, 66 bodies were taken to Jinnah and 31 to Civil Hospital including 68 men, 26 women and 3 children. So far, 19 bodies have been identified and handed over to their families. Pechuho said that so far DNA samples of 97 bodies have been taken and 47 relatives have also submitted samples of their DNA. The final DNA reports will take 21 days, she added. Replying to a question, the provincial health minister said that the governor misstated about DNA as we have set up a high quality laboratory in Sindh and all DNA tests will be conducted in the lab of Karachi University. On this occasion, Murtaza Wahab said that six residents of the neighbourhood were injured because of the plane crash while 16 were displaced who have now been moved to a local hotel. Moreover, 19 houses, 10 vehicles and three motorcycles were also affected because of the plane crash. The Sindh government spokesman added that the fire brigade, the mayor of Karachi, Chhipa, Edhi, civil and military agencies worked together in rescue efforts. He appealed to the public to celebrate Eid with simplicity in view of the current situation. In response to a question, Murtaza Wahab said that the moral and legal responsibility for the accident lies with the PIA and it should compensate those affected for the losses.


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PIA plane crash: I feel sad – Former Pakistani PM express


Former premier Nawaz Sharif has expressed sympathies with the plane crash victims. 

More than 55 people died when a PIA plane crashed in Karachi on Friday. As soon as the media broke the story, people started sympathising with the bereaved families and praying for early recovery of the injured. “The today’s tragedy has made me feel very sad,” Nawaz said in a message to the victims.

The ex-PM prayed the Almighty may rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families. He paid tribute to the aircrew, saying he saluted the staff that did their job with dedication.


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Arshad Malik, PIA CEO clears Air on crash.


The PIA plane, which crashed in Karachi on Friday afternoon, was “technically sound”, PIA CEO Arshad Malik told a press conference in Karachi on Friday evening.

Malik said that 2-3 days were required to complete the operation and then the Aviation Ministry would launch an inquiry into the crash.

He said he wanted the inquiry report to be completed as soon as possible but could not give a timeframe for that. He said that PIA would not interfere in the inquiry.

The PIA chief said 99 people, including passengers and air crew, were onboard the ill-fated plane and “we have reports of 19 dead in Civil Hospital and 22 in other hospitals” as of now.

He said the pilot established a final landing approach and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) control room gave him a green signal to go ahead.

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“The pilot then did a go-around. He said he is preparing for a second approach. “Now what was the reason for the go-around? Please do not speculate,” Malik said, adding that facts could be ascertained through flight recorder and the black box.

“Nothing can be said until the black box is found,” he said. After the go-around, the PIA official said, the pilot gave a call, saying he “will establish for second approach”.

“Something happened there and there can only be ambiguities until we receive the voice and data recorders.

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I say this with responsibility that when it is received, we’ll know whether there was a technical fault, some other issue, some outside activity, bird hit, etc.

“When the plane lowered down, the ATC asked the pilot if there was an issue and the pilot said, ‘Yes, I am facing a problem,’ after which the communication was cut off.”

“The plane crash-landed in a street: it caused damage but thankfully no building collapsed,” he said. He spoke about the victims and the response to the incident.

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He said that families of the victims were welcome to come and stay at airport hotels in Karachi that have been vacated. All affected persons are going to be accommodated at airport hotels and other government facilities.

He said the Safety Investigation Board “is a government body that will oversee the investigation” and it was “independent of PIA and will operate under its own SOPs”.

Malik said the monitoring of the aircraft’s technical soundness was done by the industry, which has a database through which “they keep a close eye on the aircraft’s health”.

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“I do not wish to give any further information [on the survivors] and I do not want to give anyone false hopes.

Our emergency response centre is working round-the-clock to ascertain the facts,” he said. “I will provide more information as soon as we have it,” he promised.


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Pakistan’s top Model also in PIA Plane crash – Did she die?


One of Pakistan’s top models Zara Abid was on the ill-fated PIA passenger plane which crashed in Karachi a minute before landing at the airport on Friday afternoon.

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The fate of Zara Abid was not clear yet as rescue work was in full swing in Karachi’s Model Colony with dozens of the injured being shifted to hospitals.

The crash comes just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded due to the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

However, rumours on social media are circulating that top Pakistani model Zara Abid was also on board the PIA flight that crashed.

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Her phone is switched off and her fans expressed the hope that they will be able to see her soon along with all other passengers.

Her name is mentioned in the list of the passengers shared by the PIA officials on social media. NobleReporters gathered


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PIA Plane Crash: Blames fall on Birds as 66 die.


The initial report of PIA plane crash has been submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority.

According to the report, the landing gear of the plane went out of order minutes before landing on which the pilot tried to lower down the plane.

At the meantime, some birds hit the plane and disrupted its engines, resultantly the plane crashed into densely populated area named Jinnah Gardens, Model Colony, located next to the runway of the airport.

At least seven of the 98 people aboard a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) passenger plane from Lahore to Karachi, survived as it crashed minutes before landing at the Jinnah International Airport on Friday.

The PIA A320 passenger aircraft was carrying at least 90 passengers and eight crew members in the flight PK 8303, when it crashed into the densely populated vicinity.

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PIA Spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez confirmed the crash while PIA CEO, Air Marshal Arshad Malik maintained that the plane seemed to have technical issues.


Hospital officials have confirmed death of at least 66 passengers who were onboard a PIA plane flying from Lahore to Karachi on Friday.

Lieutenant Balach Mir of the Pakistan Army is one of the passengers whose death in the plane crash has been officially confirmed.

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Three lucky people who are said to have survived the PIA plane crash are Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masood, airhostess Madeeha Irum and Muhammad Zubair.

A PIA passenger plane crashed in a populated area just before landing at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on Friday afternoon, reported NobleReporters.

The Army Quick Response Force, Rangers, police and rescuers reached the scene as several houses and vehicles were also destroyed in the incident involving the plane coming from Lahore.

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The plane, Airbus 320, was carrying 91 passengers and seven crewmembers.

Respected journalist Ansar Naqvi, senior director programming at 24NewsHD TV channel known to Noble Reporters Media, and senior bureaucrat Khalid Sherdil – CEO of the Urban Sector Planning and Management Services Company (The Urban Unit) – were also among the passengers.

On the other hand, Bank of Punjab President Masood Zafar was also travelling to Karachi. He is injured and shifted to the Civil Hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger.

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According to initial reports, the aircraft crashed in the Jinnah Garden Area due to a technical fault which was confirmed by the PIA spokesperson.

The residential neighbourhood is located in the Malir Cantt adjacent to the Model Colony less than one kilometre from the airport runway.

Before the tragic incident, the captain first informed the air traffic control about developing some technical fault after which the plane vanished from the radar as the contact was lost just a few minutes before the crash.

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The captain lost control of the plane, the Civil Aviation Authority say. The plane captain can be heard saying “we have lost engine” after which he repeated “mayday, mayday” during his last communication with the airport traffic controller before losing contact.

The Civil Aviation Authority said the Flight No PK-8303 had left Lahore at 1pm and was scheduled to arrive in Karachi at 2:45pm. NobleReporters collects

PIA spokesperson Athar said the plane was fit [air travel worthy] and all rumours on the issue were baseless.

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Details about the cause could only be shared investigation by a team comprising the CAA, PIA and Airbus representatives.

The TV footage showed smoke and destroyed houses with engulfing the buildings and cars. Initial reports suggest that at least eight to ten houses have been ruined in the area.

According to NobleReporters, several bodies have so far been recovered and the many injured shifted to different hospitals while over 25 vehicles are either destroyed or damaged.

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On the other hand, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah imposed emergency in all the hospitals and directed the authorities to launch rescue and relief operation.

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The names of the crewmembers available so far are: Captain Sajjad Gul, First Officer Usman Azam, Flight Purser Farid Ahmed and three airhostesses Madiha Irum, Amna Irfan and Asma Shehzadi.

Meanwhile, 17 bodies had so far been shifted to the Jinnah Hospital where it is said the health facility did not have capacity to receive more.

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On the other hand, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah imposed emergency in all the hospitals and directed the authorities to launch rescue and relief operation.

Later, he reached the incident site and reviewed the rescue operation. The names of the crewmembers available so far are: Captain Sajjad Gul, First Officer Usman Azam, Flight Purser Farid Ahmed and three airhostesses Madiha Irum, Amna Irfan and Asma Shehzadi. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered an inquiry into the plane crash as Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as well as top political leaders including Shehbaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman expressed sorrow over the tragedy.


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Plane conveying COVID-19 medical supplies crash, 8 dead in Philippines.


A plane believed to be conveying coronavirus medical supplies has crashed during takeoff.

The aircraft, bound for Haneda, Japan, crashed at Manila International Airport in the Philippines, killing all the eight people on board, on Sunday.


It had reportedly been chartered by the government and was carrying emergency supplies to the country as it battles against the spread of coronavirus.

The aircraft is reportedly owned by Lion Air, a charter service company in the Philippines.


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Russia: 94 persons escape Boeing plane’s death


A Boeing 737-500 airliner with 94 people on board made a hard landing in northwestern Russia on Sunday, carrier UTair said, but no one was badly hurt.
It said the airliner, arriving at Usinsk airport in the Komi Republic about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) from Moscow, made the hard landing because of wind shear – a sudden change of wind velocity and/or direction.

The plane’s main landing gear was damaged in the landing but the crew managed to bring the aircraft to a halt on the runway, UTair said in a statement. All passengers and crew safely left the airliner.


Pictures posted on the websites of the regional government and emergency situations ministry showed the airliner lying flat on its belly on a runway covered partly with snow.

Last week in Istabul, a Pegasus Airline Boeing 737 almost made a hard landing, skidding off the runway with several fatalities and scores of injuries reported.


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180 dead in Iran plane crash


At least 180 passengers and crew on board an airline are feared dead following a crash of Boeing 737-800.

According to Aljazeera, the plane crashed shortly after take-off.

The crash happened in Parand, a suburb South-West of Tehran, the capital of Iran.


The crash occurred few hours after Iran attacked military bases in Iraq housing United States troops in retaliation for the killing of an Iranian general by America.

The flight was reportedly travelling to Boryspil International Airport in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

“An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced. We will give more reports in upcoming bulletins,” Reza Jafarzadeh, spokesperson for Iranian Aviation Organisation was quoted as telling reporters in Tehran.

Boeing, which manufactured the aircraft, said it was “aware of the media reports” of the incident, and it is “gathering more information.”


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Canada – Seven lost their existence in US plane crash.

Kingston police, near Ontario in Canada have confirmed that seven people are dead, including two minors, after a small aircraft crashed in the town’s wood.

Media said the pilot of the plane, Obatek Oblokulov, died, along with his wife and three of his children, a three-year-old son, an 11-year-old daughter, and a 15-year-old son.

Also dead was a young Canadian couple that was also on board.

FAA records show Obatek Oblokulov was a registered pilot and operated a Piper PA-32. His address is in Missouri City, Texas.

A friend of the pilot said he was being expected for a brief stopover in Kingston before heading to Quebec City.

Police were made aware of a missing small US registered airplane around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, which prompted a search of a wooded area in Kingston’s west end.

News report said the Canadian police found the wreck of the Piper PA-32 plane late Wednesday after it had been reported missing earlier in the day.

Officers said the plane was difficult to access so decided to wait until Thursday morning and the arrival of air crash investigators in order to recover it.

Kingston Police tweeted early Thursday that police, investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and coroner’s office are on the scene and asked motorists to avoid the area.

TSB said the plane had taken off from Buttonville Municipal Airport, in Markham, north of Toronto, early Wednesday and had been heading for Kingston Airport.

The plane was later reported missing, and police sent to search for it.

TSB said the cause of the accident is unknown, but the suspect weather played a part. Environment Canada was warning of gusts up to 50mph.

Police said they will not be revealing the number of fatalities until their investigation has been completed.

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