Aircraft Crashes Near Islamabad – 131 Onboard
Published: April 20, 2012
A Pakistani Bhoja Air plane with 131 people on board crashed in bad weather near Islamabad Airport on Friday, a civil aviation official said.
The plane, which was travelling from Pakistan’s biggest city and commercial hub Karachi to the capital Islamabad, crashed about five nautical miles from the airport, said the official, Pervez George, without mentioning casualties.
Television channels showed charred parts of the aircraft strewn across a street in what appeared to be a residential area.
The aircraft was operated by local carrier Bhoja Air.
State television reported that all hospitals in Islamabad and the nearby city of Rawalpindi had been put on high alert after the crash.
The last major aviation accident in Pakistan occurred in July 2010, when a commercial airliner operated by AirBlue with 152 people on board crashed into the hills overlooking Islamabad.
In 2006, a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed near the central city of Multan, killing 45 people.