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Bodies of diplomats killed in Pakistan crash reach capital

In this still image taken from video, a rescue helicopter hovers over the site where a Pakistani army helicopter crashed in Nalter Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan, Friday, May 8, 2015. The ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia were killed Friday when a Pakistani army helicopter carrying foreign dignitaries made a crash landing in the country's north, the military said. (AP Photo)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The bodies of several foreign dignitaries killed in a Pakistani helicopter crash, including ambassadors from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia, arrived a military base Saturday near the capital, Islamabad.

State-run Pakistan Television showed Pakistani officials and the country’s army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif saluting the flag-draped coffins of the four foreigners, as well as the three Pakistani crew members killed in Friday’s crash. Twelve people injured in the crash also arrived at the base in a C-130 plane.

The helicopter, transporting dignitaries to a ceremony at a ski resort, crashed and caught fire as it was landing. Some of the survivors described their ordeal from their hospital beds, as a routine flight turned deadly in the final moments.

Hasrul Sani

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