Pakistan Plane Crash: 'No Chance' of Survivors

20 Apr 2012

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Pakistan’s President, Asif Ali Zardariyo

Police have said there is "no chance" of survivors after a passenger plane with 127 people on board crashed as it was trying to land in bad weather near Pakistan's capital Islamabad.

The aircraft came down in a village area just a few miles from the city's Benazir Bhutto International Airport, reports Sky News.

It was unclear whether anybody on the ground was killed.

The jet, operated by domestic carrier Bhoja Air, had been flying from Karachi in the south of the country, and emergency teams were at the site of the crash.

"There is no chance of any survivors. It will be only a miracle. The plane is totally destroyed," police officer Fazle Akbar said.

The airline said there were 118 passengers and nine crew on board the Boeing 737.

All hospitals in the capital and the nearby city of Rawalpindi were put on alert.

But asked if there were any survivors, a defence ministry official said: "So far there is no good news."

The 27-year-old plane was reportedly due to land at the airport at 6:50pm (local time) but lost contact with the control tower at 6:40pm and crashed shortly afterwards before reaching the runway.

Saifur Rehman, an official from the police rescue team, said the plane crashed in Hussain Abad village.

He told Geo television: "Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed.

"We have come with teams of firefighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming."

TV footage showed torn fragments of the fuselage, including a large section bearing the airline's logo.

Rescue teams combed through the charred wreckage of the plane as passengers' belongings, including clothes, shoes, jewellery, lay strewn on the ground.

Residents in Hussain Abad village said they heard a loud bang when the flight came down, according to a source, and a fire at the village near the airport has been put out.

Rain and wind were lashing parts of the capital around the same time as the crash.


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