Forensic experts identify 75 bodies from Pakistan's plane crash: Reports

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 01, 2020, 07.23 PM(IST)

Security personnel search for victims in the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed in a residential area in Karachi Photograph:( AFP )

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The identification of other bodies is underway and will be handed to their families, Shah assured. 

A total of 75 bodies have been identified in last month's PIA air crash through DNA tests conducted by Forensic experts, according to media reports. 

The PIA aircraft was carrying a total of 99 people which includes eight crew members and the crash killed 97 people in total, including 90 passengers and a crew of eight and injured 11 people on the ground, when it crashed into the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir on Friday, minutes before its landing.

Sindh's Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Sunday said that out of the 97 deceased, 75 have been identified and their bodies handed over to their family members.

"Now eight bodies kept in Chhipa mortuary and another 14 at the Edhi morgue are left to be identified," he was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune on Sunday. 

The identification of other bodies is underway and will be handed to their families, Shah assured. 

Earlier, they also collected different parts of the plane that would help in identifying the cause of the crash.

The team also visited the radar centre at the Jinnah International Airport and the control tower to review the conditions, and collected parts of the crashed structure that can help them in investigating.

The investigation of the crashed Airbus A320 aircraft, of the national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), will be done by an 11-member team of experts from an Airbus facility in the French city of Toulouse. The team arrived in Pakistan last week to conduct an independent probe into the crash involving its aircraft.  The team includes experts from France, Germany, the UK and other countries.