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127 Killed In Pakistan Plane Crash

4/20/2012 12:37 PM ET

All the 118 passengers and 9 crew-members on board a Pak plane are reported dead after it crashed near a Pakistan Air Force airbase in the capital on Friday due to bad weather.

A Boeing 737 plane of Bhoja Air crashed near Chaklala, Rawalpindi, minutes before its landing in Islamabad, scheduled at 6:50 PM, Pak media reported quoting Defense Ministry and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials.

The flight B4-213 that left Karachi at 5:00 PM was given clearance to land but it reportedly lost contact with the control tower minutes before landing. Pak Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhar said the plane broke up about 10 km short of the runway of Islamabad International Airport, and burst into flames.

The Aviation Herald, which monitors accidents in aviation, quoted rescue teams as saying that at least 5 houses in the Bahria Town residential complex were destroyed and all on board the plane perished in the crash.

The ill-fated flight, operated by a small commercial airline that recently re-opened after closing due to financial difficulties, was on its inaugural flight on the Karachi-Islamabad route when it met with the accident.

Heavy rain and wind storm were lashing parts of Islamabad at dusk, and CAA blamed the accident on poor weather.

All hospitals in the capital have been put on alert.

This was the worst air accident in the country since all 152 people on board an Airbus A321 that was flying on Karachi-Islamabad sector died when it crashed before landing in July 2010.

by RTT Staff Writer

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