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Remains of 47 victims plane crash sent to Islamabad

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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.

Pakistan plane missing with about 40 on board

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Pakistan's national carrier says one of its planes is missing after take-off in the country's north with around 40 people on board.

The Pakistan International Airlines flight PK661 reportedly lost contact shortly after it departed from the Chitral to the capital Islamabad.

Security sources said that army troops and helicopters have been mobilised amid fears that it may have crashed, according to AP news agency.

At least 11 killed as fire sweeps through Karachi hotel

Fire broke out during the night at the four-star Regent Plaza in Karachi. Credit: APTN

At least 11 people have been killed after a fire swept through a four-star hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi, where members of the country's cricket team were staying.

More than 50 people were injured in the fire at the Regent Plaza, which started in the hotel kitchen as guests slept, although the exact cause remains unknown.

The hotel interior was gutted was by a blaze that started in the hotel kitchen. Credit: RTV

Some foreigners were among those being treated for burns, with suffocation the primary cause of death.

Footage of the incident showed guests using bed sheets to climb down from windows.

Guests smashed windows to avoid suffocation. Credit: RTV

Police officer Tauqeer Naeem said an unnamed cricketer broke his ankle jumping from the building.

Hotel guest Muhammad Saeed said people were stranded for "four to five hours".

"Everybody was looking helpless, crying for help and nobody was there," he said.

Guests used bed sheets to climb down from windows. Credit: APTN
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