Islamabad: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced a compensation of Rs 0.5 million for the heirs of PK-661 crash victims.

“On the directions of chairman and CEO PIA an amount of Rs 500,000 cash is being given to the next of kin of all 47 persons who lost their lives in the tragic ATR crash , to meet funeral expenses,” a PIA press release stated.

“District managers have been directed to personally visit the residences of the deceased and hand over the amount in cash. This will be followed by a comprehensive compensation package as per law,” it added.

PIA-661 flight was crashed into a hillside on Wednesday 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.