28 July, 2010

No survivors in Margalla plane crash

Fact box of ABQ-202 :
  • Contact no. of Crisis Management Cell 051-9211223-4.
  • At least 152 people were on board the ABQ-202
  • No survivors from the crash sight.
  • It is believed that the plane had its landing gear out before it crashed.
  • Bad weather most likely to be the cause of the crash.
  • 6 members of youth parliament were also on board.
  • CAA team has recovered the black box from the crash site.
  • Plane’s wreckage scattered over 400 sq. meters.
  • No technical fault reported in passenger plane.
  • Search effort is being hampered by muddy conditions and smoldering wreckage.

A Pakistani Airbus passenger jet of Airblue crashed in densely wooded Margalla hills of the capital Islamabad on Wednesday, killing up to 152 people on board.

"There are no survivors. We believe all are dead. We are recovering the remains of the dead bodies from the wreckage," Imtiaz Elahi, chairman of Islamabad's Capital Development Authority said.

Elahi said earlier reports of five survivors from the crash were wrong and that all 152 on board the plane were killed. Meanwhile, the city's police chief said rescue workers had recovered dead bodies of more than 100 people from the wreckage of the plane.

Two Americans were among the victims, a U.S. embassy spokesman told Reuters. He had no further details.

The ill-fated Karachi bound Turkey plane met with the accident due to bad weather. The aircraft had lost contact with the control tower during the crash which occurred amid thick fog and heavy rainfall in Islamabad.

Fully equipped and organized rescue teams reached the area within time. It is reported that the rescue teams are still scanning the area and the search operation will be continued till late night.