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Pakistan National Carrier's Chief Resigns After Plane Crash


A security official stands guard beside coffins containing the remains of the victims of the plane crash near Islamabad on December 8.

Pakistan's national carrier says its chairman has resigned from his post, less than a week after a plane crash killed 47 people.

A spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said on December 13 that Azam Saigol had resigned "due to personal reasons."

The announcement comes after a PIA ATR-42 plane crashed on a mountainside on December 7 on a flight from the northern city of Chitral to the capital, Islamabad, leaving no survivors.

Pakistani authorities are investigating the causes of the crash.

Another ATR-42 faced "technical issues" late on December 11 before it was set to take off from Multan, PIA said.

On December 12, PIA grounded its 10 twin-propeller ATR aircraft after the country’s Civil Aviation Authority decided to conduct "shakedown tests" of the planes.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and Dawn
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