Two passengers of the ill-fated flight miraculously survived the crash.

KARACHI (Dunya News) – According to a spokesperson for the Sindh Health Department, at least 17 victims killed in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash had been identified so far, Dunya News reported on Friday.

At least 85 dead bodies have been recovered so far by the rescue workers after PIA flight PK-8303 crashed with nearly 100 people on board in Karachi on Friday afternoon.

The spokesperson for the Sindh Health Department informed that 53 bodies have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital while 32 dead bodies were brought to Civil Hospital.

The spokesperson further informed that two passengers of the ill-fated flight miraculously survived the crash and are under treatment at Civil Hospital and Darul Sehat.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sparking an explosion and killing several people on the ground.

The national carrier’s flight PK-8303 took off from Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport and crashed in Model Colony area in Malir, approximately 4 kilometers away from the airport.

The plane came to rest about 2:39pm in a narrow alley in the poor and congested residential area known as Model Colony between houses smashed by its wings. Police in protective masks struggled to clear away crowds amid the smoke and dust so ambulances and fire trucks could reach the crash site.

As darkness fell, crews worked under floodlights to recover bodies and a portable morgue was set up. Two passengers miraculously survived, said Meeran Yousaf, Sindh provincial Health Department spokeswoman.