Army rescuers recover 36 bodies from plane debris

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ISLAMABAD: The rescuers of Pakistan Army and volunteers have recovered 36 bodies from the debris of Pakistan Airlines International flight PK-661 that crashed near Havelian on Wednesday.

According to Inter Services Public Relations, rescue work at the crash site was in progress and 36 bodies had been recovered from the debris.

500 troops along with necessary equipment and machinery are engaged in the search operation.

Earlier, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying more than 40 passengers crashed near Abbottabad on Wednesday.

PIA’s ATR-42 plane was coming from Chitral to Islamabad which crashed near Abbottabad.

The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

The sources said, locals saw a plane crashed at a village Bodla near Havelian, rescue teams have been sent to the spot.

PIA flight pilot Captain Sawaleh Janjua desperately mayday call minutes before crash, a Civil Aviation Authority officer said.