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Pakistan's national carrier chief resigns after plane crash

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM


A spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines said the national carrier's chief resigned following last week's plane crash that killed all 47 people on board.

Danyal Gilani said yesterday that Azam Saigol only cited personal reasons for his resignation, without offering details. In Pakistan, top officials rarely resign over a deadly incident or assume responsibility for it.

The small ATR, twin-propeller plane was travelling from the scenic mountain resort of Chitral to Islamabad when one of its engines failed shortly after takeoff last Wednesday, causing the crash.

The PIA has grounded all 10 ATR aircraft in its fleet for a thorough examination.

Most of the passengers' families are still waiting for the forensics to complete DNA testing only 12 of the bodies have been identified so far.