118 killed in Islamabad plane crash
Islamabad, Apr 20: A passenger plane of Bhoja Airline on Friday crashed near Chaklala airbase due to bad weather, killing around 118 passengers, Defence Ministry announced.
Private television channels reported that all hospitals in Islamabad and the nearby city of Rawalpindi had been put on high alert after the crash.
The Boeing 737 was carrying around 127 passengers from Karachi and was destined for Islamabad.
Violent rain and wind storm was lashing parts of the capital around the same time as the crash, said an aviation official, adding lightening might have caused the plane to catch fire.
Saifur Rehman, an official from the police rescue team said the plane came down in Hussain Abad village, about three kilometres (two miles) from the main Islamabad highway.
“Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have come with teams of firefighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming,” Rehman told a private television channel.
An airport source said that flight number B4-213 of Bhoja Airline was due to land at Islamabad airport at 6:50 pm but lost contact with the control tower at 6:40 pm and crashed shortly afterwards before reaching the runway.
Plane crashes are relatively rare in Pakistan, where inter-city travel is most efficient by air.
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.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 20 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST
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