[Update] Pakistani Plane crash: At least 130 passengers reported dead or missing.
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[Update] Pakistani Plane crash: At least 130 passengers reported dead or missing.

Rāwalpindi : Pakistan | Apr 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM PDT
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Plane crashes in Pakistan, 127 feared dead

The Bhoja company plane, from Karachi, crashed during landing, when bad weather prevailed in Rawalpindi.

According to a report by news channel CNN, a plane with 127 people aboard crashed on Friday near an airport in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, according to GEO-TV report.

The airliner a Pakistani private company crashed Friday afternoon near the capital Islamabad, said police told AFP, and it is feared there may be multiple victims.

The Bhoja company plane, from Karachi, crashed during landing, when bad weather prevailed in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, where is the main airport of the capital.

"The plane came from Karachi and crashed near the Islamabad airport before landing. It was a private airliner, it is not yet definitely identified how many people were on board. We have sent teams to the scene," he told AFP an official of local police, Fazle Akbar.

On July 2010, an Airbus A321 of the local private company Airblue crashed in the Margalla Hills near Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board. It was the worst crash in 18 years.

Update:

Latest updates in this incident is that the number of deaths has now climbed to 130.

A plane of a Pakistani private company and some 130 people on board crashed Friday afternoon near the capital Islamabad, AFP said police, who believes that, barring a miracle, there is no possibility of survivors.

The Boeing 737 aircraft Bhoja company crashed to the ground before reaching the Islamabad International Airport, said the police officer Fazle Akbar.

"There is no possibility of survivors. Would be only a miracle. The aircraft is totally destroyed," said Akbar told AFP from the disaster area.

At the moment there are conflicting reports on the number of people who were in the aircraft.

A Defense Ministry official said preliminary reports indicated the presence of 126 people on the plane. However, the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan reported 121 passengers, while the police chief in Islamabad, Bani Amin, said 127 people told AFP.

When asked about the existence of survivors, a senior Defense Ministry official was clear: "At the moment there is good news."

Arshad Mahmood, an officer of the Pakistan Navy said the accident occurred when the aircraft was approaching the airport and began landing procedures.

"I had very bad weather, with electric shocks and storms. The pilot lost control of the plane and hit the floor. The plane left by the impact and exploded into a ball of fire," he said.

In the scene was very strong smell of fuel burned, while the whole area was covered with bodies and human remains, according to testimonies matched.

Rescue teams worked amid the wreckage of the plane and the luggage, clothes, shoes, jewelry, could be seen scattered in a huge area.

Saifur Rehman, an official police rescue team, said the plane crashed in the village of Hussain Abad, about three miles from the main access highway to Islamabad.

"There was a fire after the accident. The destruction is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have fire equipment and lighting, and there are more experts heading to the disaster site," said Rehman to local Geo TV network News.

Meanwhile, the army dispatched to the crash rescue crews with ambulances and medical personnel.

A source at the Islamabad airport said the plane was landing at 18h50 local (13h50 GMT), 18h40 but towards the control tower lost contact with the aircraft, which crashed before reaching the runway.

The worst aviation accident occurred on Pakistani soil in July 2010 when an Airbus 321, the private company Airblue crashed into the mountains near Islamabad. All 152 people aboard died in the disaster, also caused by bad weather, heavy rain and poor visibility.

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Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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