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Last Updated : Apr 20, 2012 10:27 PM IST | Source: IBNLive.com

Plane with 127 on board crashes near Islamabad airport

A civilian plane crashed in the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad near Chaklala airbase due to bad weather and all 127 people on board the flight are feared dead. The Bhoja Airlines 213 was flying from Karachi to Islamabad.


A civilian plane crashed in the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad near Chaklala airbase due to bad weather and all 127 people on board the flight are feared dead. The Bhoja Airlines 213 was flying from Karachi to Islamabad.


There were 127 people on board the Boeing 737 and the aircraft made last contact with the air traffic control at 6:40 pm on Friday evening.


Out of the 127, 118 were passengers and nine were crew members on the ill-fated aircraft. The aircraft was thirty-year old, it was reported.


Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said the plane was reportedly seen catching fire before the crash and the authorities are trying to retrieve the black box.


Mukhtar also added that the aircraft was at very low altitude and this airline's license was earlier cancelled due to financial problems.


According to the reports, the plane crashed in a residential area near Rawalpindi Airport. The ATC had given landing clearance to the plane.


Reports coming from the crash site indicate that the debris has been spread over a few kilometres and the survival chances are nil and an emergency has been declared in Rawalpindi.


The airliner crashed into a farmland and is completely destroyed says an eyewitness.


All hospitals in Islamabad have been put on a high alert following the crash especially Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).


Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has asked IG Police Islamabad to oversee the rescue operations.


The army and the police have been deployed for rescue operations. Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has ordered an inquiry into the incident.


In July 2010, an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by the private airline Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad while coming in to land after a flight from Karachi, killing 152 people on board.



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First Published on Apr 20, 2012 10:12 pm
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