- Title: Relatives gather in Islamabad hospital as bodies of plane crash victims arrive
- Date: 8th December 2016
- Summary: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (DECEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF PLANE CRASH VICTIMS WAITING OUTSIDE COURTESY CENTRE SET UP FOR THEM AT A HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF FAMILY MEMBERS GATHERED AT INFORMATION DESK SET UP FOR THEM RELATIVES GIVING VICTIMS' DETAILS TO OFFICIALS AT INFORMATION DESK OFFICIALS' HAND WRITING VICTIMS' DETAILS ON PAPER VARIOUS OF RELATIVES WEEPING VARIOUS OF HUMAYUN JAMSHED, BROTHER OF FAMED ROCKSTAR-TURNED-MUSLIM EVANGELIST JUNAID JAMSHED - ONE OF THE PLANE CRASH VICTIMS - ARRIVING AT CENTRE VARIOUS OF JAMSHED SITTING AT TABLE AND SPEAKING TO OFFICIALS VARIOUS OF JAMSHED GIVING BLOOD FOR DNA TEST VARIOUS OF NURSE REGISTERING DETAILS (SOUNDBITE) (English/Urdu) MAN WHO LOST HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW AND NIECE IN THE PLANE CRASH, MAQSOODUL MULK, SAYING: "You see, the incident has occurred; whatever had to happen has happened. The families will have to show patience, but you feel if you can get the body intact, it gives you some kind of a consolation." RELATIVES GATHERED (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAN WHOSE COUSIN WAS KILLED IN THE PLANE CRASH, SIKANDARUL MULK, SAYING: "The best part from either PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) or from the government would be if they could lift these bodies to their villages. Not simply take them to Chitral and hand them over." VARIOUS OF AMBULANCES CARRYING BODIES OF PLANE CRASH VICTIMS ARRIVING VARIOUS OF COFFINS BEING LIFTED OUT OF AMBULANCE AND TAKEN INTO MORTUARY
- Embargoed: 23rd December 2016 11:26
- Keywords: Pakistan crash plane crash plane airplane relatives victims hospital accident
- Location: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
- City: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Reuters ID: LVA0025C0VZ9H
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Stunned relatives of victims of a deadly plane crash in Pakistan gathered outside a morgue at an Islamabad hospital on Thursday (December 8) as bodies were flown to the capital by helicopter and moved to the facility for identification.
Some wept quietly, others besieged officials with questions, as DNA tests were conducted to help identify the victims.
Flight PK661 smashed into the side of a mountain near the town of Havelian, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, on Wednesday (December 7), killing 47 people, including a famed rock star-turned-Muslim evangelist.
It crashed just 50 km (31 miles) short of its destination, the international airport in Islamabad, after taking off from the mountain resort region of Chitral.
Engine trouble was initially believed responsible, but many questions remain, stirring new worries about the safety record of money-losing state carrier Pakistani International Airlines.
Much of the public's anguish focused on Junaid Jamshed, the vocalist of Vital Signs, one of Pakistan's first and most successful rock and pop bands of the 1990s, who abandoned his musical career in 2001 to become a travelling evangelist with the conservative Tableeghi Jamaat group.
Among the 46 others who perished were two infants, and three foreigners - two Austrians and a Chinese man.
The dead also included a member of Chitral's traditional royal family, his wife and family, as well as regional administrative official, Osama Ahmad Warraich, killed with his wife and infant daughter.
Concern is growing over air safety as media in recent years have reported several near-misses.
In the worst disaster, in 2010, all 152 people on board were killed when a plane operated by airline Air Blue crashed in heavy rain near Islamabad. Two years later, all 127 aboard were killed when a plane operated by Bhoja Air crashed near the city.
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