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ISLAMABAD: DNA testing will be used to identify the 48 charred victims of a plane crash in Abbottabad, authorities said Thursday, as the country mourned one of the worst aviation disasters in its history.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight crashed into a hillside after one of its two turboprop engines failed while travelling from the city of Chitral to the capital, and burst into flames killing everyone on board.

“The dead bodies will be taken to Islamabad in helicopters…. for DNA testing and identification,” Muhammad Abbas, a hospital official at Ayub Medical Complex in the northern garrison town of Abbottabad, told AFP.

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