Bodies of PK-661 crew likely to be exhumed

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The Capital Development and Administration Division (CAAD) has directed Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to exhume bodies of crew members of ill-fated PK-661 flight in order to ascertain the reasons that led to such a devastating accident.

According to sources, CAAD wrote to PIMS to exhume bodies of PIA’s flight PK- 661 that crashed last year over suspicion of consumption of poisonous eatables. However, they said that formal permission of district administration would be sought in this regard.

The bodies will be subjected to medical tests to check consumption of poisonous food items before the crew took off from Chitral in the evening on December 7 that crashed in the mountains of Havelian, while it was flying to Islamabad.

They said that only the bodies of Captain Saleh Janjua and co-pilot Ahmed would be exhumed.

Sources said that a special medical board comprising doctors of PIMS hospital would be constituted to conduct tests and report their findings.

The PK-661 flight crashed near Havelian while on its way to Islamabad claiming lives of all 48 persons on board, including five crew members.

The crash claimed the life of renowned naat khawan Junaid Jamshed who was returning to the federal capital from Chitral along with his wife.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) of Chitral was also among the 48 persons killed.

Talking to Pakistan Today, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Vice-Chancellor, Javed Akram, confirmed that they received a letter but he said that it was a routine matter and nothing new.

However, he said that there was no need of exhumation of the bodies of the victims, as there were enough body parts of the plane victims available to conduct tests in order for the hospital administration to ascertain the reasons that led to the incident.