Aviation Minister announces Rs. 1m compensation for victims of PIA plane crash

Aviation Minister announces Rs. 1m compensation for victims of PIA plane crash
Islamabad: Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan has announced compensation of Rs. 1 million for the victims of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash on Friday.

PIA’s Airbus A-320, which had 99 passengers and eight crew members onboard, crashed into a residential area near Karachi airport on Friday, resulting in 97 casualties.

While speaking to media in Karachi on Saturday, the minister said that the families of victims would receive Rs. 1 million each while the two survivors would be given Rs. 500,000 each.

“Compensation will also be provided to the residents of the area whose houses and cars have been damaged. Our priority was to identify dead bodies and hand them over to their families,” he added.

He further offered condolences over loss of precious lives in the tragic aircraft crashed.

Ghulam Sarwar also commended the efforts of people of Karachi, who participated keenly in the rescue work.

The death toll from the crash of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft, PK-8303, with more than 100 passengers on board and eight crew members has risen to 97, whereas, two passengers have miraculously survived, GNN reported.

According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), flight PK8303 took off from Lahore airport and was slated to land at Jinnah International airport when it crashed in the residential area of Model Colony in Malir, nearly 4km away from the site of incident.

Few houses and cars also damaged in the incident, besides injuring number of local residents.

The relief and rescue work at the site of plane crash near Karachi airport continues and 97 dead bodies have been recovered from the debris until now while the two survivors of the crash are under treatment in the hospital.

The health department of Sindh has confirmed that the death toll in the plane crash incident rises to 66. The officials said that 44 dead bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital and 32 to Civil Hospital.

At least 17 victims killed in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash had been identified so far.