Grieved families waiting to receive bodies of victims in plane crash in Afghanistan

15:38, May 22, 2010      

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by Abdul Haleem

Scores of heartbroken relatives or families of those killed in the May 17 plane crash are waiting on Friday at the gate of a military hospital to receive the bodies of their beloved.

"My brother was killed in the plane crash and left behind his wife and a daughter of only one year old," said Mohammad Karim in tears.

After five days of efforts, the authorities have found the wreckage of the ill-fated plane in the snow-capped mountains in Ghorband district, 70 km north of Kabul.

There were 43 people aboard when the Kabul-bound passenger plane of the private airliner Pamir Airways crashed minutes after taking off from the northern Kunduz province.

"My cousin is among the victims. I hardly identified him as his head and left leg were completely smashed," Sahrab Khan told reporters.

Khan, in military uniform, lamented that carelessness of managing board of Pamir Airways and negligence of government have caused the tragedy.

Sohrab and many others waiting there said that the crashed plane was very old.


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