Investigators have found an unusually large amount of cash onboard the downed Airbus jetliner that crashed into a Karachi suburb last week. Let the conspiracy theories begin?
The crash of an Airbus A320 jetliner killed 97 of 99 passengers onboard (two men were miraculously pulled from the smoldering wreckage). Investigators have been slowly sifting through debris, looking for clues to better understand exactly why the crash occurred.
Unexpectedly, investigators unearthed cash of “different countries and denominations” totaling 30 million Pakistani rupees (~$186,000) in the wreckage. All the cash was found in two bags.
A Pakistani official told NDTV:
“An investigation has been ordered into how such a huge amount of cash got through airport security and baggage scanners and found its way into the ill-fated flight.”
The investigation continues.
The Airbus A320 had a list price of $101 million. Reports emerged today that PIA had insured the aircraft for $19.7 million. But the cash onboard is sure to inspire a new round of conspiracy theories over untimely crashing of the jet. Per capita income is around $1200/year in Pakistan. The $186,000 is 155x the amount an average Pakistani makes in a whole year.
Live and Let’s Fly does not entertain conspiracy specific theories, but notes that they are a part of life and that human brains love them.
One of the survivors was a banking executive. Could this have been his money?
But one small problem. It is my understanding the legal limit for transporting undeclared cash on a domestic flight within Pakistan is 10,000 Pakistani rupees (~$62).
This may remain an unsolved mystery. This may be nothing. But finding heaps of cash in mixed currencies is sure to stir up the JFK-assassination-phony-moon-landing-9/11-inside-job forums…
(H/T: Travel Update)