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Plane carrying 152 crashes in Pakistan

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Ngambo Ngali, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Ngambo Ngali

    Ngambo Ngali JF-Expert Member

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    ISLAMABAD – A passenger jet carrying 152 people crashed into the hills surrounding Pakistan's capital amid rain and caught fire Wednesday, officials said. At least 25 people were killed and five survived with injuries, but many more were feared dead in the smoking wreck.

    The cause of the Airblue crash was not immediately clear, said Pervez George, a civil aviation official. He said the plane had left the southern city of Karachi at 7:45 a.m. for a two-hour scheduled flight to Islamabad and was trying to land during difficult, cloudy weather. Airblue is a private service based in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city.


    "The plane was about to land at the Islamabad airport when it lost contact with the control tower, and later we learned that the plane had crashed," George said, adding that the model of the plane was Airbus 321 and the flight number was ED202.


    Rescue workers have recovered at least 25 bodies from the wreckage, said Ramzan Sajid, spokesman for the Capital Development Authority, which reports to the Interior Ministry and has a group that deals with emergencies.

    Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik said at least five wounded passengers were rescued.


    Local TV footage showed twisted metal wreckage hanging from trees and scattered across the ground on a bed of broken branches. People were climbing the heavily forested hills to search for the dead and wounded, while a helicopter hovered above. Fire was visible and smoke rose from the scene. The army said it was sending special troops to aid the search.


    source: news.yahoo.com
     
  2. Kamaka

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    It's soo sad
     
  3. Njowepo

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    Ajari za ndege nowdays zimekuwa nyingi
    May they rest in Peace.Amen
     
  4. Baba_Enock

    Baba_Enock JF-Expert Member

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    Could it be OBL?
     
  5. Bujibuji

    Bujibuji JF-Expert Member

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    Asante Mungu kwa kuwa haya majanga kwetu hayapo.
    Hivi ungetunyooshea kidole chako cha ghadhab tungefanyeje sisi?
    Asante kwa kutoleta vimbunga na madhoruba ya tufani, asante kwa kutotuletea milipuko ya volkeno, matetemeko na majanga yote.
    Mungu jina lako ni kubwa sana,
    Warehemu na wafariji ndugu, jamaa na marafiki wa waliokumbwa na ajali ya ndege.
    Iepushe dunia hii na majanga.
    Amina
     
  6. M

    Myamba Senior Member

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    It is confirmed that all were killed. Initially it was thought that 5 survived the crash. Mbaya sana.
     
  7. MziziMkavu

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    Airplane crash in Pakistan kills 152 people aboard

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    Reuters – A video grab shows debris from a commercial Pakistani passenger plane lying scattered amid shrubbery …


    By MUNIR AHMED and ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press Writers Munir Ahmed And Asif Shahzad, Associated Press Writers – 1 hr 25 mins ago


    ISLAMABAD – A passenger jet crashed into the hills overlooking Pakistan's capital amid poor weather Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body parts and twisted metal wreckage.


    It was the worst plane crash ever in Pakistan, and rescue workers battled fires and muddy conditions as they searched in vain to find survivors on the densely wooded hillside where the flight went down.


    "The situation at the site of the crash is heartbreaking," said Imtiaz Elahi, chairman of the Capital Development Authority, which deals with emergencies and reports to the Interior Ministry. "It is a great tragedy, and I confirm it with pain that there are no survivors."


    The dead included two U.S. citizens, said the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad without providing further details.


    The crash left twisted metal wreckage hanging from trees and scattered across the ground on a bed of broken branches. Clouds of dense gray smoke rose up from the burning wreckage as a helicopter hovered above.


    "I'm seeing only body parts," Dawar Adnan, a rescue worker with the Pakistan Red Crescent, said by telephone from the crash site. "This is a very horrible scene. We have scanned almost all the area, but there is no chance of any survivors."


    The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said the government does not suspect terrorism.


    The plane left the southern city of Karachi at 7:45 a.m. for a two-hour Airblue flight to Islamabad and was trying to land during cloudy and rainy weather, said Pervez George, a civil aviation official.


    Airblue is a private service based in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, and Wednesday's flight was believed to be carrying mostly Pakistanis.


    Rescue workers scouring the heavily forested hills recovered nearly 80 bodies from the wreckage, said Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority in a statement.




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    The flight was carrying 146 passengers and six crew members, said George. The aircraft was an Airbus A321, and the flight number was ED202, he said.

    Interior Minister Rehman Malik initially said five people survived the crash and were rescued, but those reports turned out to be wrong.


    The crash site covered a large area on both sides of the hills, including a section behind Faisal Mosque, one of Islamabad's most prominent landmarks, and not far from the Daman-e-Koh resort.


    At the Islamabad airport, hundreds of friends and relatives of those on board the flight swarmed ticket counters desperately seeking information. A large cluster of people also surrounded a passenger list posted near the Airblue ticket counter.


    Saqlain Altaf told Pakistan's ARY news channel he was on a family outing in the hills when he saw the plane looking unsteady in the air. "The plane had lost balance, and then we saw it going down," he said, adding he heard the thunderous crash.


    The Pakistan Airline Pilot Association said the plane appeared to have strayed off course, possibly because of the poor weather.


    Raheel Ahmed, a spokesman for the airline, said an investigation would be launched into the cause of the crash. The plane had no known technical issues, and the pilots did not send any emergency signals, Ahmed said.


    Airbus said it would provide technical assistance to Pakistani authorities responsible for the investigation. The aircraft was initially delivered in 2000, and was leased to Airblue in January 2006. It accumulated about 34,000 flight hours during some 13,500 flights, it said.


    The last major plane crash in Pakistan was in July 2006 when a Fokker F-27 twin-engine aircraft operated by Pakistan International Airlines slammed into a wheat field on the outskirts of the central Pakistani city of Multan, killing all 45 people on board.


    Airblue flies within Pakistan as well as internationally to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and the United Kingdom.


    The only previous recorded accident for Airblue, a carrier that began flying in 2004, was a tail-strike in May 2008 at Quetta airport by one of the airline's Airbus A321 jets. There were no casualties and damage was minimal, according to the U.S.-based Aviation Safety Network.


    The Airbus A320 family of medium-range jets, which includes the A321 model that crashed Wednesday, is one of the most popular in the world, with about 4,000 jets delivered since deliveries began in 1988.


    Twenty-one of the aircraft have been lost in accidents since then, according to the Aviation Safety Network's database. The deadliest was a 2007 crash at landing in Sao Paolo by Brazil's TAM airline, in which all 187 people on board perished, along with 12 others on the ground.

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    AP Aviation Writer Slobodan Lekic in Brussels, as well as Associated Press Writers Ashraf Khan in Karachi and Zarar Khan in Islamabad contributed to this report.

    Airplane crash in Pakistan kills 152 people aboard - Yahoo! News
     
  8. Saharavoice

    Saharavoice JF-Expert Member

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    Nawapa pole wahanga wote
    RIP
     
  9. Pape

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    Of late, more of Air Bus have crashed than other flights! I think they got some problems with their technology. Man, Airbus ni 'dude kubwa balaa'...need for technology deployment is necessary otherwise its just a beggining....:nono:

    R.I.P
     
  10. BelindaJacob

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    What a tragedy!..RIP
     
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