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An AirBlue plane, which was bound for Islamabad, impacted the Margalla hills 10 nm northeast of Islamabad International Airport today morning when it lost the connection with the control tower at around 09:45 PM PST. According to the AirBlue spokesman, there were 144 passengers on board with 6 crew members. While the unconfirmed sources says that there were 139 adult, 4 children and 2 infants on board with 6 crew members. 12 of the passengers, who booked their seats for Islamabad bound AirBlue flight of Airbus A321-200 luckily, missed their flight.|
The AirBlue Airbus A321-200 took off from Karachi at 07:50 AM PST and was expected to land at Islamabad International Airport approximately at 09:45 AM PST. At this time the plane lost its connection with the control tower at Islamabad International Airport and also due to bad weather, the pilots seems like he lost the path and hit the Margalla hills assuming that the plane is about to land on the runway. Bear in mind that the control tower had already gave landing approach signal to the AirBlue Airbus A321-200.
The rescue work had been initiated soon after the incident reported by the local population to the police. Many locals eye witnessed the low flying Airbus A321-200, hitting the Margalla hills. The army and air force choppers rushed towards the hills but due to bad weather and other obstacles like inaccessible hills, shrouded in heavy cloud and fog, it took more than two hours for the rescue workers to reach at the place where Airbus hit the mountains. Bear in mind that the place, where the Airbus A321-200 hit the Margalla Hills, located at less than a kilometre from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
The high profile officials in Islamabad are closely monitoring the rescue work in Islamabad. The Chairman of Capital Development Authority (CDA) had already deplored rescue staff of CDA, with fire brigades. According to him, it is almost impossible to expect someone survived in the plane crash. However, the federal home minister had confirmed that 5 injured persons are escorted to the hospital.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Yousaf Raza Gilani had immediately ordered an initial inquiry report from Ministry of Defence (Mod) and is in touch with federal home minister Mr. Rahman Malik, who is personally monitoring the rescue work undergoing in Margalla hills near historical Faisal Mosque. Mr. Rahman Malik confirmed five survivors to the media and expressed hope for more possible survivors. While talking to the media, Mr. Rahman Malik said, "We are trying to get details about the passengers. It's a big tragedy. It's really a big tragedy."
"Rescue teams have reached the area. They are fully equipped. They are scanning the entire area. Those wounded or survivors are being provided assistance and arrangements have been made to take them to hospitals." he further illuminated. While talking to the AFP, the spokesman of AirBlue Mr. Raheel Ahmad confirmed the plane crash in Margalla Hills and said, "Apparently the cause of the crash is bad weather, but we leave that to the investigators."
A pre-scheduled meeting of federal cabinet had also been cancelled, as the home and defence ministers are extremely busy due to plane crash. The federal home minister is supervising the rescue work, while the defence minister locked himself up for the preparation of initial investigation report, ordered by Prime Minister, Mr. Yousaf Raza Gilani. Both the PM Mr. Gilani and President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari expressed their condolences for the deads. They ordered speedier rescue work and immediate relief to any possible survivor. The General Secretary of PML (Q) Mr. Mushahid Hussain and his party president Ch. Shujaat Hussain, the information minister, Mr. Tariq Azeem and deputy chairman of Senate, Mr. Jan Mohammad Khan Jamali have also express their condolences.
AirBlue is the largest privately owned airline in Pakistan and second largest after Pakistan International Airline (PIA). It owns 30 percent of the domestic market. The AirBlue plane crash in Margalla Hills on July 28, 2010 is the fifth plane crash in 2010, killing nearly 135 people on board. The four other incidents include Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, carrying 85 on January 25, 2010, Polish plane crash near Smolensk airport in western Russia killing 96 people on board including Polish President and many army Generals on April 10, 2010, Libya's Afriqiyah Airways plane crash at Tripoli airport killing 103 on board on may 12, 2010, one 8 year old Dutch boy had survived in this incident and Air India Express plane crashed near Mangalore airport killing 158 people on board on may 22, 2010.
Names of people on board
Pervaiz Ali Chaudhary (Pilot), Muntabajib Chughtai(1st officer), Umme Habiba, Shahzia Razzaq, Hina Usman and Nahid Bhatti.
Kamran Saleem, Javed Iqbal, Pervaiz Akthar, Khadim Hussain, Mirza Tahir Baig, Rahim Khan, Malik Muhammad Ajmal, Muhammad Irfan, Malik Gulham Hussain, Ansar Abbas, Javeria Faraz, Haji Gul Mehboob, Abid Mehmood, Sikanadar Hyat, Tariq Shaid, Owais Khan, Muhammad Saleem, Roisa Khan, Farooq Nadeem, Muhammad Asif, Syed Jawad Ali, Ayesha Amir, Aleeza Amir, Mrs. Shamim, Mrs. Sabiha, Tasneem Kosar, Muhammad Saleem, Mujahid Rehman, Rizwan Ghani, Amber Rizwan, Isaar Ali, Muhammad Ibrahim, Gulham Rasool, Syed Aain-ullah Agha, Wahid Sheikh, Naveed Chaudhary, Mrs. Gulshad, Jahangir Khan, Muhammad Zawal Khan, Arbaz Khan, Muskan Rizwan, Afzal Masood, Ali Akbarr, Muhmaad Rafique, Farid Ahmad Ali, Shamas-ur-Rehman Alvi, Syed Haider, Zulfikar Shah, Khusoro Pervaiz, Kiran Alvi, Syed Atta ullah Hashmi, Muhammad Khalid, Asif Shahzada, Ayesha Asif and others. (Courtasy: The Nation)
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