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Pakistan

Web Desk
May 28, 2020

PIA official says illegal currency worth at least Rs30 million found from plane crash rubble

Pakistan

Web Desk
Thu, May 28, 2020
Currency worth millions found under PIA plane debris, says spokesperson

KARACHI: A Pakistan International  Airline spokesperson said Thursday illegal currency was allegedly being smuggled in the plane crash that took place on May 22.

PIA's Airbus A320 — travelling from Lahore to Karachi — crashed in a residential area in the metropolis, killing 97 passengers on board. Two passengers survived the crash.

"Local and foreign currency worth millions of rupees was recovered from the crash site," said the spokesperson, adding: "A total of Rs30 million were recovered from three separate bags."

The PIA official said that such an amount cannot be transported without informing the airline and that an extra seat ticket needs to be purchased for transporting such huge amounts of cash. "A passenger cannot carry it in their luggage or cabin baggage."

He said for such large amounts of cash, a passenger has to be seated next to the cash. "No passenger had brought an extra seat."

So far, three people have come forward to claim the money, the spokesperson said.