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Remains of 47 victims plane crash sent to Islamabad

Credit: PA

The remains of the 47 passengers and crew who were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines commuter crashed are being sent to Islamabad for identification.

A spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, confirmed that 42 passengers and five crew members were killed in the crash. Earlier, PIA had put the total at 48.

Junaid Sarwar, a hospital spokesman in the northwestern city of Abbottabad, said only five bodies had been identified as the remains of others were burned so badly that the National Database and Registration Authority could not identify them.

"We are sending body parts of all the passengers to Islamabad for DNA tests," he said.

Wednesday's crash happened 45 miles northwest of the capital Islamabad. The small twin-propeller aircraft was travelling from the city of Chitral to Islamabad when it crashed shortly after takeoff due to an engine fault.

PIA says the plane lost contact with the control tower prior to the crash.

'No chance' of survivors in Pakistan plane crash

The Pakistan International Airlines plane was carrying 47 people Credit: Reuters

There is "no chance" of there being any survivors from the plane crash in Pakistan.

Pervez George, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority, said that a total of 47 people were on board the flight from Chitral to Islamabad on Monday.

He said: "I don't think there is any chance of finding any survivor".

Authorities have released names of 40 passengers, including Pakistani popstar-turned-preacher Junaid Jamshed, on board the flight that crashed shortly after take-off.

Pakistan plane with 47 people on board has crashed

A Pakistan International Airlines plane. Credit: Reuters

A Pakistan International Airlines plane with 47 people on board has crashed, officials said.

Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in the Havelian region, told Reuters there were unlikely to be any survivors.

He said: "All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered."

Khan, who was at the crash site, added witnesses told him the aircraft was on fire before it hit the ground.

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