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Pakistan Plane Crash with 152 People on Board

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July 28th, 2010

Early Wednesday morning, a Pakistani passenger plane carrying 152 people crashed on the outskirs of the capital Islamabad. A few hours later, rescue crews had recovered more than 100 bodies from the wreckage.

As time passed by, it seems survivors seemed likely to not be found as deputy police chief Bin Yamin who was at the crash site said crews had yet to find any survivors. This conflicted with the information about possible survivors that was announced by Pakistan’s information minister Zama Kaira who claimed eight people were pulled out alive.

The Airblue place was heading to Islamabad from the sea port city of Karachi when it crashed in a hillside trying to land. It was carrying 146 passengers and six crew members.  According to Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik the plane was at 2,600 feet as it approached Islamabad but went back up to 3,000 feet before eventually crashing.

A local resident who witnessed the plane go down reported,

"It came from the city toward the Margalla Hills. It was raining heavily,"

"It shattered into pieces as soon as it crashed. A burst of flames came off, but the rain put out the fire."

As of now, doctors reported no sign of survivors at the city’s two largest hospitals and the rescue crews expresses skepticism that anyone could have survived.

Hanif Khattak, the director general of Pakistan’s Civil Defense told the Associated Press near the site,

"Now we are pretty sure that there is not a single survivor,”

From local TV footage, twisted metal wreckage hanging from the trees is visible as well as scattered across the ground on a bed of broken branches.

One of the recue works who spoke to the Associated Press over the telephone said:

"I'm seeing only body parts,"

"This is a very horrible scene. We have scanned almost all the area, but there is no chance of any more survivors."

Plane with 152 on board crashes in Pakistan; no survivors

by Mila Braz

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