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Pakistan holds day of mourning for crash victims

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Pakistan holds day of mourning for crash victims


Bad weather continues to hamper efforts to investigate the site of Pakistan’s worst-ever domestic air crash, which claimed the lives of all 152 people on board on Wednesday.

One of the plane’s flight recorders has been found, and the data should establish if, as believed, bad weather was the cause of the crash. Only 12 of the 115 bodies recovered so far have been able to be identified.

Today the government has declared a day of mourning for the victims.

The plane went down near the capital Islamabad on a flight from Karachi, and smoke from the wreckage could be seen some some of the city districts.

The authorities are warning relatives that it may take some time to identify all the victims, and DNA tests may be needed for most of them as the crash was violent and was followed by an intense fire.

Two unnamed Americans were also on board, and the Federal Information Minister refused to rule out sabotage as a possible cause of the disaster, although it appears the plane was off the normal approach path when it ploughed into the hillside in thick fog and driving rain.

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