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Pakistan in mourning after air disaster

07-30-2010 13:33 BJT Special Report:Passenger plane crashes in Islamabad |

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Pakistan is in mourning after Wednesday's air disaster killed 152 people. The bodies of eight of the victims in the country's worst-ever plane crash arrived in Karachi on Thursday.

Family members grieved when three bodies arrived in Karachi early Thursday morning. Five more bodies are also being sent by air to Karachi.

27-year-old Naheed Bhatti is one of the victims. She was serving as a flight attendant onboard the ill-fated Airblue passenger jet.

Azeem Bhatti, Father of Naheed Bhatti, said, "She was more like a son to me than a daughter (because she brought an income to the family). All the family members are missing her a great deal because they loved her a lot."

The families of Faisal and Aatif Rashid, two brothers who were killed in the crash, held a funeral procession for them.

Even after the search is completed, it could take days to identify all the victims with DNA testing, since most of the bodies were charred beyond recognition.

Rehman Malik, Pakistan Interior Minister, said, "We are using the process of elimination on the bodies we have recovered so far, by using our available data, and we are going through the process with their loved ones. So far we have handed over 66 bodies to their families."

Some relatives of victims gathered at a DNA testing center in Islamabad, to give blood samples, in order to identify their loved ones.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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