PIA announces Rs1m each for burial of plane crash victims

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Islamabad: The Pakistan International Airlines PIA on Saturday announced to give Rs1 million for the burial of each victim of the Karachi plane crash.

PIA spokesperson Abdullah said that process of handing over the bodies to the heirs was underway.

He said that the district managers of the national carrier will give the money to the legal heirs of the victims at their doorsteps.

He added that the Rs1 million for the burial was being given on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

On Friday, a PIA’s flight number 8305 crashed minutes before landing in Karachi’s Model Colony area.

The plane coming from Lahore was carrying about 98 passengers and crew members.

Senior journalist and director programming of Channel 24 Ansar Naqvi was also onboard the PIA plane.

PIA sources said that Captain Sajjad Gul was flying the ill-fated plane, which crashed at 2:37pm local time.

They said that the landing gear of the plane had developed technical fault and crashed in Model Colony’s Jinnah Garden after hitting several houses.  Several houses have caught fire.