ISLAMABAD: An airliner carrying 152 passengers and crew members crashed in Margalla hills on Wednesday morning.
Around 100 bodies said to be retrieved from the wreckage of the crashed airliner. Previously reported recovery of nine survivors have not yet confirmed. A help desk has been set up at Islamabad airport to meet the inquiries about the passengers of the unfortunate airliner.
The flight of the Air Blue Airlines Air Bus 320 flew from Karachi at at 7:50 A.M. Wednesday morning was scheduled to land at Benazir Bhutto Airport of Islamabad at 9:30 A.M. but the airliners contact with Islamabad airport control room severed and the plane crashed in thick forest near Daman-e-Koh in Margalla.
According to sources, the unfortunate airliner passed over the airport but didnt allowed to land. The eyewitnesses saw the airplane crashing with Sohawa hills and catching fire.
Air Blue spokesman Raheel talking to ARY News said the airliner was crashed before landing at Islamabad airport. He said the airliner was an Air Bus 320, which is a modern airplane. There was no technical fault in the airplane, he added. He said the plane crashed before landing at Islamabad airport.
Meanwhile, the black box of the airliner has been found and preliminary investigations started by the officials.
The rescue and relief operation has been launched under challenging conditions in difficult hilly forests and helicopters used for transferring dead bodies to Islamabad hospitals. The operation however suspended after heavy downpour at the place of the crash, which were later resumed again.
The hospitals in federal capital have declared emergency after the air crash in Margalla Hills. Seven dead bodies with unidentifiable condition were transferred to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital in Islamabad.
The officials had earlier claimed recovery of nine survivors from the crash spot but no survivor of the crash yet found at any hospital.