KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced to give Rs 500,000 (0.5 million) cash each to the next of kin of all the 47 passengers who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash.
According to PIA, district managers of the national flag carrier have been directed to personally visit the residences of the deceased and hand over the amount in cash.
A comprehensive compensation package will also be given as per law.
Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, including noted religious figure Junaid Jamshed.
The ATR-42 aircraft involved in the crash had undergone regular maintenance, including an “A-check” certification in October, said PIA chairman Muhammad Azam Sehgal.
“I want to make it clear that it was a perfectly sound aircraft,” Saigol said.
The aircraft appeared to have suffered a failure in one of its two turboprop engines just before the crash, he added, but this would have to be confirmed by an investigation.