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Bodies of 8 victims killed in Pakistan plane crash arrive in Karachi

07-30-2010 08:49 BJT Special Report:Passenger plane crashes in Islamabad |

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The bodies of eight of the victims killed in Pakistan's worst-ever plane crash have arrived in Karachi. However, it could take days to identify all the victims using DNA testing.

Anguished relatives surrounded the coffin of one of the victims, Naheed Bhatti. The 27-year-old was serving as a flight attendant onboard the ill-fated Airblue passenger jet.

Azeem Bhatti, Father of Maheed 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 miss her a great deal. They loved her a lot."

Meanwhile, dozens of relatives and friends of those killed slept outside Islamabad's largest hospital overnight, waiting for the bodies.

Even when the search is complete, it may be a long time before all the victims are identified. Many were burnt beyond recognition in the crash.

Rehman Malik, Pakistan Interior Minister, said, "We are using a process of elimination on the bodies we have recovered so far, using whatever data we can. We are keeping their love ones informed at all times. Up until now we have handed over 66 bodies."

Some relatives gathered at a DNA testing center in Islamabad, giving blood samples, in order to identify victims.

The Airbus A321 plane crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad during stormy weather, killing all 152 people aboard.

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