PK-661 crash: 3 Foreigners among the casualties

PK-661 crash: 3 Foreigners among the casualties

VIENNA: Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, among them a famed-rockstar-turned-evangelist, two infants and three foreigners, as officials sought to pinpoint the cause of the disaster.

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The two Austrians and a Chinese man who died in a plane crash in Pakistan worked for Austrian engineering group Andritz on a hydropower project in the north of the country, a spokesperson for the company said on Wednesday.

None of the 47 passengers on the Pakistan International Airlines flight heading for Islamabad survived the plane’s crash into a mountain in northern Pakistan.

Andritz, an Austrian blue chip company with around 25,500 employees worldwide, builds machinery and provides services for hydro-power plants and the steel and paper industry. The spokesperson added that the Chinese man had worked for Andritz’s Chinese unit.

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“Our compassion is with the families, whom we will give any support,” he said.

Foreign tourists increasingly flock to Chitral every year, besides thousands of domestic visitors, as Pakistan emerges from years of violence caused by a Taliban insurgency. A member of Chitral’s traditional royal family, his wife and family were among the dead, besides a Chitral administration official, Osama Ahmad Warraich, whose wife and infant daughter also died.