An Air Blue plane flying from Karachi to Islamabad has crashed just outside Islamabad. Till now only a few bodies have been recovered and thick smoke is rising out of the Margalla Hills.
Let’s pray that casualties are as minimal as possible. The crash took place after the plane lost contact with the Islamabad Airport control tower at 8.53 am.
Civil aviation officials told local media it was unlikely that there would be any survivors.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, said Pervez George, a civil aviation official.
He said the Airblue plane (Airbus 320) was flying from Karachi to Islamabad and described the weather conditions as difficult.
“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.
A reporter for Pakistani TV channel Geo TV said that the pilot was trying to land at Islamabad on schedule at 9:30 a.m. local time, but was told to wait because the airport was busy.
Guards with the forestry service said they had found some wreckage and seen some bodies, police official Mohammad Saeed said.
The army said it was sending troops to the area to help out along with helicopters. (Source)
Crash site in the Margalla Hills