Nawaz Sharif orders independent probe into PIA plane crash

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday ordered an independent probe to determine the cause of PIA flight PK-661 crash that killed all the 48 people on board.

Nawaz Sharif orders independent probe into PIA plane crash

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday ordered an independent probe to determine the cause of PIA flight PK-661 crash that killed all the 48 people on board.

Sharif chaired a meeting at PM House to inquire about the circumstances around the crash of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plane en route to Islamabad from Chitral.

Sharif has also directed that a senior officer from the Pakistan Air Force should be co-opted as a committee member and also directed the PIA administration to reach out to the affected families and facilitate them in every way possible - to compensate their burden and grief.



"It is imperative that the truth should be brought out and shared with the people in the shortest possible time," the Prime Minister said.

briefed about the recovery operations. He was also informed that obtaining the DNA samples from the relatives and identifying all the deceased could take up to a week. He directed that the process should be completed at the earliest.


The chairman and CEO of PIA, the secretary of the Aviation Division, and the director general of Civil Aviation briefed the Prime Minister that the flight crew and pilots operating the flight were highly experienced and professional with thousands of hours of flying experience behind them.

The deceased Captain had more than 10,000 flying hours to his credit.

Authorities, meanwhile, handed over the bodies of eight PK661 crash victims to their heirs, moving the remains of the other 39 deceased to a private cold storage unit until their identities are ascertained through DNA profiling.