An airplane of Airblue private Pakistani airline crashed near Islamabad on Wednesday morning. It made technical landing for refueling at the airport in the Turkish city of Trabzon, Cihan agency reported.
Turkish civil airports department representative Orhan Birdal said that the plane transported more than 150 people, including crew from Manchester to Karachi at 04.50 Turkish-time and landed at Trabzon airport, where it was refueled. After an hour, it flew in the direction of Karachi.
It was reported that eight people survived. But their number can increase up to 40, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Pakistani television.
Rescuers arrived at the scene and evacuated four injured by a helicopter. Four more passengers are awaiting to be taken to a hospital, the agency reported.
The airplane made flights from Karachi in the south of the capital to the city of Islamabad. It is foggy and rainy there now. According to preliminary data, due to busy airport traffic controllers asked the plane to make another circle in the sky. After a while the airliner crashed into a hilly terrain in the north of the capital. According to various reports, there were six crew members on the board. According to various sources, about 146-153 passengers were on board.
Rescue work is underway at the crash site, but it hampered by torrential rain.
Airline Airblue was founded in 2004. Its fleet consists of Airbus A320 and Airbus A321. The company makes flights between the major Pakistani cities, as well as Manchester (UK), Muscat (Oman) and a number of cities in the United Arab Emirates.