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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Over 100 passengers feared dead in plane crash

ISLAMABAD, July 28 : Over 100 passengers including crew members are feared dead after a private airliner Air Blue domestic flight ED-202 crashed into the Margalla hills here on Wednesday.Air Blue Operations official, W. Hameed Mirza told APP that there were 152 passengers on board the plane which was flying from Karachi to Islamabad. Among the passengers six were crew members.The other details are still sketchy, while a full-fledged rescue operation is underway. The Inter Services Public Relations sources told APP that three army helicopters have been immediately flown to the Margalla hills where very low visibility will pose a real challenge to rescue victims of the crash.

Meanwhile a batch of army troops has also been moved towards the scene to pluck the bodies and retrieve victims of the crash.
The plane was flying from Karachi to Islamabad, which has reportedly lost its contact with the air tower. The exact cause of the crash is yet not known.
When contacted the Civil Aviation Authorities have declined to either comment or give details of the crash but confirmed that it was an Air Blue plane which went down into thick woods of the Margalla hills.

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