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Pakistan investigates deadly plane crash

Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 01:31

Investigators begin digging into what caused flight PK661 to crash into the moutains of northern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing all 47 people on board. Pakistan International Airlines says one of the engines appears to have failed, but is ruling out human and technical error. Eve Johnson reports.

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A search for answers after Pakistan's deadliest plane crash in four years. Investigators on Thursday (December 8) picking through the wreckage of PK661 a day after it ploughed into the hills north of its destination, Islamabad killing everyone on board. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) VILLAGER FROM NEARBY VILLAGE, CHINGEZ KHAN, SAYING: "We found 46 the bodies here last night. When local young people heard about the crash, they all came to help with the recovery." Rescue workers are now sending the bodies back to grieving families waiting in the capital, many of the remains burned beyond recognition. The plane's black box has been recovered. But so far there's no clear sign of what caused the tragedy. Pakistan International Airlines says the plane passed a safety check in October and doesn't believe the accident was caused by technical or human error. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) CHAIRMAN PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PIA), MUHAMMAD AZAM SAIGOL, SAYING: "Around 4:00 o'clock the control tower received a message that an engine had failed. After a few minutes, the May Day calls started. Then the plane disappeared from radar. The flight crashed just 30 miles short of the runway. On board, popular pop singer turned evangelical Muslim cleric Junaid Jamshed, plus a team of engineers from Australia and China and two infants. Pakistan's airline industry has a poor safety record. Six years ago a passenger plane crashed in heavy rain near Islamabad killing all 152 people on board.

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Pakistan investigates deadly plane crash

Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 01:31