The worst air crash in Pakistan’s aviation history at Islamabad
“A private airliner flight from Turkey via Karachi to Islamabad carrying 159 passengers including the crew crashed on the Margalla hills near Islamabad around 9.30 this morning,” reports Dawn News from Islamabad. This is believed to be the worst air crash in Paksitan’s aviation history.
According to an NDTV report Islamabad, when the Airline Airblue flight arrived for landing at 9.30 the civil aviation authorities at the Islambad airport informed the pilot that the airport was engaged and that he should return later. Also, fog and heavy rains have the visibility at the airport. The plane crashed at the Margalla More on the Margalla Hill.
At the time when the first reports came in, the crash was believed to be result of bad weather conditions but unconfirmed sources subsequently claimed that this accident happened due to a fuel tank explosion. It is not clear whether the explosion took place in mid air or whether it happened during the crash.
An eye witness “Anjum Rehman” says she saw the plane fly overhead from the balcony of her home in F6 Sector which is just a six minutes drive from the Margalla hill. She says she saw an airplane flying at dangerously low altitude headed for the Margalla hill which was shrouded in thick fog. The plane disappeared into thick fog and within seconds she heard a loud explosion.
Initially, it was believed that all 159 passengers had perished. Special Helicopters have been pressed into service for rescue operations. The NDTV reporter who accompanied the first rescue team has arrived and reports that 15 dead bodies have been recovered so far but most of them are charred beyond recognition. About 40 injured passengers are being airlifted to city hospital. All city hospitals have been asked to stand by for this emergency.
Islamabad and Karachi airports are witnessing heart-rending scenes as the near and dear ones of the passengers are trying to find out the fate of their relatives and friends who have been victims of this mishap. The airlines is yet to announce any compensation for the victims.