Thursday, December 9, 2021

National cricket team observes minute of silence for PK-661 crash victims


CAIRNS: Remembering the victims of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 on its way to Islamabad from Chitral, the Pakistan cricket team observed a minute of silence at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns on Thursday before their tour match against Cricket Australia XI.

Pakistan mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, among them a famed-popstar-turned-religious-scholar, two infants and three foreigners, as officials sought to pinpoint the cause of the disaster.

Engine trouble was initially believed responsible, but many questions remain, stirring new worries about the safety record of money-losing state carrier PIA.

The ATR-42 aircraft involved in the crash had undergone regular maintenance, including an “A-check” certification in October, airline chairman Muhammad Azam Saigol said on Wednesday.

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The aircraft appeared to have suffered a failure in one of its two turboprop engines just before the crash, he said, but this would have to be confirmed by an investigation.

Outpourings of grief erupted online soon after flight PK661 smashed into the side of a mountain near the town of Havelian, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, late on Wednesday afternoon, after taking off from the mountain resort of Chitral. It crashed just 50 km (31 miles) short of its destination, the international airport in Islamabad, the capital.

Pakistanis were shocked to learn about the death of Junaid Jamshed in the crash, the vocalist of Vital Signs, one of Pakistan’s first and most successful rock and pop bands of the 1990s, who abandoned his musical career in 2001 to become more close to the faith of Islam.

Here’s how people from the sports world expressed themselves at Junaid Jamshed’s sudden demise.

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