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Live Updates : A plane crashed at the Koral Chowk on Islamabad Express Highway in Rawalpindi

Written By Ali Awan on Friday, 20 April 2012 | 08:08




RAWALPINDI: A plane crashed at the Koral Chowk on Islamabad Express Highway in Rawalpindi on Friday, reported Express News.

According to initial reports, the plane belonged to Bhoja Airlines. It was also reportedly carrying over 100 passengers from Karachi to Islamabad.
8:07pm

According to initial reports, the plane was a Boeing 213 and belonged to Bhoja Airlines. It was also reportedly carrying over 100 passengers from Karachi to Islamabad.
7:55pm
Emergency has been declared in all hospitals of Islamabad.
As many as 100 Army personnel are on their way to the crash site for rescue work.
7:53pm
Family members of those on board have started arriving at the airports.
Air traffic control says that they did not receive any distress call from the pilot in the moments before the crash.
7:51pm
Rescue 1122 officials say that the plane has been completed destroyed and it is being feared that there are no survivors.
A witness told Dunya News that dead bodies could be seen lying all around after the jet went down before landing.
7:48pm
Express News Islamabad correspondent Qamarul Munawwar reported that rescue vehicles are still on the roads due to the traffic. The rescue officials claim that CAA is not telling them the exact site of the incident.
7:45pm
CAA former DG Junaid Ameen, talking to Express News, said the bad weather is usually not the cause of plane crashes because planes have equipments which help in dealing with the situation. “Planes are designed to fly in bad weather.”
Air traffic controllers say that the crash happened due to bad weather and confirmed that the plane belonged to Bhoja Airlines.
Express News correspondent in Karachi, Aftab Ali, reported that five babies were among the passengers.
7:33pm
The plane took off from Karachi at 5:00pm and was supposed to land in Islamabad at 6:40pm but crashed just before touchdown, reportedGeo News.
Witnessed told Dunya News that flame could be seen rising from the crash site and the fire has reportedly engulfed several buildings.
Army troops have also been moved to the area where the plane crashed.
7:28pm
Plane was supposed to fly over Jinnah Garden to approach its destination and land at the airport.
The crash site has been cordoned off by Koral police.
7:25pm
Sources say that the plane crashed in a residential area in Jinnah Garden, but it has not been confirmed.
All rescue vehicles of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been rushed to the spot including fire tenders, but traffic jam near the crash site is hampering rescue vehicles from reaching the site.
7:20pm
CAA authorities have refrained from giving out any official statement.
This was the first flight of Bhoja Airlines after the service started.
7:17pm
It is currently raining in Rawalpindi and it being suggested that the bad weather could have been the cause of the plane crash.
According to authorities, the plane crashed 10km away from the runway of Islamabad airport, near Chaklala airbase.
Rescue officials from Islamabad and Rawalpindi, as well as the Civil Aviation Authority, have left for the crash site.

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