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World Virus compounds Pakistan plane crash grief

13:10  02 june  2020
13:10  02 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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 Pakistan: 97 dead in the air disaster, a survivor tells © Copyright 2020, The Observations "There were screams everywhere", says Mohammad Zubair, one of the two survivors of the crash of an Airbus A320 Friday in a residential district of Karachi, the big city of the south of Pakistan, in which 97 people perished . After the plane hit the ground, "I regained consciousness" and "I saw fire everywhere. No one was visible, "recalls the 24-year-old , whose 53-second interview from his hospital bed went viral on social media.

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane flying from Lahore has crashed into a residential area of Karachi, killing at least 76 people. The plane had attempted one landing but as it went round again lost its engines and issued a mayday call. At least two passengers are confirmed to

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Gathered together via Zoom, friends and relatives of Wahida and Fazal Rahmaan watched from afar as the beloved couple were buried in Pakistan, days after they were killed in a plane crash.

a screen shot of a computer: As the virus has spread around the world, many families have been forced to hold funerals on the video conferencing platform Zoom © Olivier DOULIERY As the virus has spread around the world, many families have been forced to hold funerals on the video conferencing platform Zoom

For many who lost loved ones in the May 22 tragedy, grief has been compounded by the coronavirus, which has made travel to funerals impossible and attendance dangerous.

The Rahmaans, married 53 years, were among 97 people killed when the Pakistan International Airlines Airbus plummeted into a Karachi neighbourhood, killing all but two people on board.

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President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in aircraft crash incident near Havelian. The PIA aircraft ATR-42 turboprop plane , operating flight PK-661, crashed near Havelian with 47 passengers and crew members on-board.

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"The most instinctual human response to grief is to hold on to somebody and hug somebody," said Adil Rahman, one of the couple's four sons, who spells his name slightly differently than his parents.

a birthday cake with lit candles: Funerals an memorials have been held across Pakistan for the 97 people who died in the May 22 plane crash © Asif HASSAN Funerals an memorials have been held across Pakistan for the 97 people who died in the May 22 plane crash

"Covid has stripped us from that."

Instead Rahman watched the burial of his 80-year-old father and mother -- who would have turned 75 on Friday -- from his Missouri home in the US, where he works in IT.

Like many other nations Pakistan has closed its borders to international travellers in an effort to contain the deadly disease.

Zoom's video-conferencing platform on Friday showed a grid of grief-stricken faces with the largest frame showing the funeral in Lahore, where an imam with a mask over his long beard recited the Koran as a small group of mourners covered the Rahmaans' graves in flowers.

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A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane on Friday crashed near the Jinnah International Airport before landing, according to media reports. Flight PK-303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir

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Rahman said the delay in identifying the bodies added to the family's grief, discovering first from local television that their mother's body had been identified, which he described as a "gut punch".

"And you don't know how to recover from that," he said.

The family chose not to hold a traditional large funeral because of COVID-19, in a country where the disease first appeared slowly but is now picking up pace.

About 72,000 cases have been reported with more than 1,500 deaths -- but the virus is now spreading at an accelerating rate.

The Rahmaans took Flight 8303 to visit their son in Karachi at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Investigators have uncovered the Airbus's black box and cockpit voice recorder, and Pakistani authorities hope to release initial findings June 22.

During the ill-fated flight, the pilots made a first landing attempt and the plane briefly touched the ground multiple times, before attempting a second try.

Experts say pilots likely tried to land the Airbus without lowering the wheels, damaging both engines so badly they soon failed.

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