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July 28, 2010

Plane with 152 onboard crashes near Islamabad

Filed under: Incidents — aerotowfeeq @ 12:28 pm


A Pakistani passenger plane from private company Airblue on Wednesday crashed into hills behind the capital Islamabad, where smoke and flames were seen rising through heavy clouds, police said.

Initial reports suggested that all passengers and crew members (152) are feared dead.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on board. Thick smoke could be seen rising from between the trees on the Margalla Hills on the edge of Islamabad, according to media reports.

“We have reports that the plane fell into the Margalla Hills. There is smoke, but we have not been able to reach there. It is surrounded by the hills and there is no road access,” police official Sayed Subhan.

“We have reports that it was a private Airblue airline plane,” he said.

It was also reported that rescue operations were hampered due to bad weather.

A reporter for Pakistani TV channel Geo TV said that the pilot was trying to land at Islamabad on schedule at 9:30 a.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET), but was told to wait because the airport was busy. The control tower lost contact 13 minutes later, said Pakistan’s AAJ-TV.


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