Victims of plane crash in Pakistan include Andritz Group employees


Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK661 bound for Islamabad, Pakistan, took off from the mountain city of Chitral, on Dec. 7, but did not complete the journey. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the hillside village of Gug, about 90 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad, in the district of Abbottabad, killing all 42 passengers and five crew members, according to Pervez George of the Civil Aviation Authority.

According to information from PIA, three victims of the crash were identified as Qiang Han, Herald Kessler and Herwig Eichelbenger.

The Daily Pakistan is reporting the three men worked for the Austria-based Andritz Group, and Han had worked for Andritz’s Chinese unit.

According to Daniyal Gilani, PIA spokesperson, PIA is Pakistan’s national carrier and the company operated the plane.

In February, Andritz announced it had received an order from Daelim Lotte Joint Venture to supply the electromechanical equipment, hydraulic steel structures, penstocks and control systems for the 102-MW Gulpur hydropower station on the Poonch River in Pakistan.

The contract, worth an estimated US$72 million, is scheduled to begin fulfillment in 2019.

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