152 Die in Airblue Plane Crash
An Airblue flight, which is a private Pakistani carrier that operates domestic and international services, crashed amid rainy weather on Wednesday. The flight was en route from Karachi to Islamabad, the nation’s capital, with 6 crew and 146 passengers on board, who were all killed in what is now the worst ever air incident for the country.
Photos of the scene show that the aircraft plunged into a heavily-forested area, Margalla Hills, which is just north of the capital and was shrouded in fog. Fire and smoke could be seen rising from the scene as rescue workers spent several hours trying to get to the site. It’s been reported that they have accounted for everyone on the flight, but no one survived.
According to officials, air traffic control at Benazir Bhutto International Airport are said to have diverted the plane due to thick cloud cover and rain while it made its final approach. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that this is a tragic accident and suggests that there may have been some confusion between the controllers and the pilot. A full investigation will be conducted, but it’s too soon to tell the cause of the crash, although the weather was poor, he added.
Other aviation experts wonder if the proper procedures were followed, as the position of the wrecked jet shows that the plane went beyond the margins of safety. However, it’s likely that the pilot simply didn’t get the warning from air traffic controllers, as it’s been reported that the plane lost contact with the airport. What really happened will be better explained when the aircraft’s black box is found.
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