Plane crash in Rawalpindi Live updates Bhoja Air, crashed at Koral Chowk Islamabad pakistan

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    ISLAMABAD: A Bhoja Airline’s Islamabad-bound maiden flight # B4-213 has crashed near Chaklala airbase, Geo News reported.

     

    According to sources, a Boeing 737 with 121 passengers and nine crew members on board, which flew from Karachi at 5:00 PM was supposed to land in Islamabad at 6:50 PM, but crashed just before touchdown.

     

    According to sources in Civil Aviation Authority, the flight was given clearance to land but it lost contact with the control tower at 6:40 PM.

     

    Rescuers say the plane’s wreck was ablaze when they arrived at the site with mangled dead bodies, severed body parts, burnt luggage, and small parts of the fuselage strewn over all over the place in roughly one square kilometer area.

     

    Saifur Rehman, an official from the police rescue team said the plane came down in Hussain Abad village, about three kilometers (two miles) from the main Islamabad highway.

     

    “Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have come with teams of firefighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming,” Rehman told Geo television.

     

    A local resident told Geo News, the plane was already on fire in the midair and seemed like a ball of fire coming at us.

     

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    An expert said that it appeared as if the aircraft was struck by a lightning bolt as the electrical activity in the thunderclouds above was in full swing, which may have caused the crash.

     

    The plane fell on top of houses in the village toppling many building before hitting the ground, said eyewitnesses.

     

    Local residents have also volunteered in the rescue work.

     

    Many dead bodies have been carried away to safety in a nearby building.

     

    “Owing to nightfall as well as a heavy overcast, it’s pitch black out there, making rescue work extremely difficult”, rescuers said.

    Reportedly Bhoja Airlines had bought this 27.4 years old aircraft from Shaheen Airlines after it was scrapped by the latter for its compromised flight-worthiness.

     

    Ministry of Defence and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have confirmed the reports of crash.

     

    Inclement weather has been held responsible for the crash.

     

    Rescue teams including Pakistan army personnel have rushed to the crash site.

     

    Bhoja Airline officials are yet unavailable for comments.

     

    All hospitals in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been put on high alert after the crash.

     

    Benazir Bhutto Airport, which was earlier closed for operations has been now been opened.

     

    President Zardari has ordered to arrange a chartered plane to bring the relatives of the plane crash to Islambad.

     

    Scene from the site: Torn fragments of the fuselage, including a large section bearing the airline’s logo, could be seen in television footage.

     

    Rescue crews combed through the charred wreckage of the plane as passengers’ belongings — clothes, shoes, jewellery — ripped from their luggage, lay strewn on the ground.

     

    AFP adds: Bhoja Air relaunched domestic operations with a fleet of five 737s in March, according to newspaper reports, when the airline was planning to start flights connecting Karachi, Sukkur, Multan, Lahore and Islamabad.

     

    Bhoja had been grounded in 2000 by the Civil Aviation Authorities amid financial difficulties, the reports said.

     

    The worst aviation tragedy on Pakistani soil came in July 2010 when an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by the private airline Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad while coming in to land after a flight from Karachi.

     

    All 152 people on board were killed in the accident, which occurred amid heavy rain and poor visibility.

     

    The deadliest civilian plane crash involving a Pakistani jet came in 1992 when a PIA Airbus A300 crashed into a cloud-covered hillside on its approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, killing 167 people.

     

    Plane crash near Chaklala kills 127: Defence Ministry

    ISLAMABAD: A passenger plane of Bhoja Airline on Friday crashed near the Chaklala airbase due to bad weather, killing all 127 people on-board, the Defence Ministry announced.

    Private television channels reported that all hospitals in Islamabad and in the nearby city of Rawalpindi had been put on high alert after the crash.

    The Boeing 737 carrying 127 passengers and crew from Karachi was destined for Islamabad, initial reports by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

    Witnesses close to the Bahria Town residential complex near the airport said emergency vehicles could be seen in the area.

    Violent rain and windstorm was lashing parts of the capital around the same time as the crash, said an aviation official, adding that lightening might have caused the plane to catch fire.

    Torn fragments of the fuselage, including a large section bearing the airline’s logo, could be seen in television footage.

    Rescue crews combed through the charred wreckage of the plane as passengers’ belongings – clothes, shoes, jewellery – ripped from their luggage, lay strewn on the ground.

    AFP adds: Saifur Rehman, an official from the police rescue team said the plane came down in Hussain Abad village, about three kilometres (two miles) from the main Islamabad highway.

    “Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have come with teams of firefighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming,” Rehman told a private television channel.

    “There is no chance of any survivors. It will be only a miracle. The plane is totally destroyed,” police officer Fazle Akbar said.

    An airport source said that flight number B4-213 of Bhoja Airline was due to land at Islamabad airport at 6:50 pm (1350 GMT) but lost contact with the control tower at 6:40 pm and crashed shortly afterwards before reaching the runway.

    Plane crashes are relatively rare in Pakistan, where inter-city travel is most efficient by air.

    Bhoja Air re-launched domestic operations with a fleet of five 737s in March, according to newspaper reports, when the airline was planning to start flights connecting Karachi, Sukkur, Multan, Lahore and Islamabad.

    Bhoja had been grounded in 2000 by the Civil Aviation Authorities amid financial difficulties, the reports said.

    The worst aviation tragedy on Pakistani soil came in July 2010 when an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by the private airline Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad while coming in to land after a flight from Karachi.

    All 152 people on board were killed in the accident, which occurred amid heavy rain and poor visibility.

    The deadliest civilian plane crash involving a Pakistani jet came in 1992 when a PIA Airbus A300 crashed into a cloud-covered hillside on its approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, killing 167 people.

     

    RAWALPINDI: A passenger plane, Boeing 737 of Bhoja Air, crashed at the Koral Chowk on Islamabad Express Highway in Rawalpindi on Friday.

    It was carrying 121 passengers and was headed from Karachi to Islamabad.

    The passenger list can be viewed here.

    9:52pm

    Haleem Adil Shaikh, Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Relief Affairs, has been at the Karachi airport all evening and has been talking to the press.

    Defence Secretary Narjis Sethi told Express News that operation rooms have been established and civil administration in Islamabad has also been activated. “We are doing everything possible.”

    9:46pm

    Deputy Commissioner Malir has announced that a PIA flight has been arranged and will take passengers’ relatives free of cost, reported Mirza.

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed grief over the incident.

    9:43pm

    An official at Islamabad airport said that six flights coming to Islamabad were diverted earlier and landed in Lahore, but the airport has reopened and the flights will start coming back

    Eight bodies have been recovered so far and there is no chance of survivors. The wreckage has spread over 1.5km, reported The Express Tribune’s Umer Draz.

    A Bhoja Air flight will be leaving around 11 pm with one member from each family of those killed in the crash, reported Shaheryar Mirza.

    9:35pm

    Defence secretary says Islamabad airport will not be closed.

    An investigation team has been formed, headed by Group Captain Mujahidul Islam, on the orders of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

    9:31pm

    A man who had been at waiting at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport for the flight yelled “my two daughters are dead” as tears streamed down his face.

    In a state of shock, he then slumped in a state of shock on the floor and sat silently as other relatives of passengers crowded around lists of those on board.

    Among them was Zarina Bibi, desperate to determine whether her husband was on the Bhoja Air flight. “He called me before leaving Karachi but I don’t know if he was on this flight or not,” said Bibi, whose eyes were red from crying.

    9:25pm

    “This is not one bit different from what we went through, there is total chaos and there is no one here to help passengers’ families. Only two people are sitting at the desk as before. They are not able to provide a proper passenger list to the public,” Junaid Hamid, AirBlue Crash Affectees Convener, told The Express Tribune correspondent Shaheryar Mirza.

    “Last time they weren’t able to give us a flight till early next morning and the passengers this time do not have any answers on when the next flight will be available,” he added.

    The worst aviation tragedy on Pakistani soil came in July 2010 when an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad while coming in to land after a flight from Karachi.

    All 152 people on board were killed in the accident, which occurred amid heavy rain and poor visibility.

    9:21pm

    Deputy DG of National Disaster Management Authority Mansoor Ahmed told Express News that the rush of the people is hampering the rescue work. “I want to request the people to let our cars reach the area so we can end the operation by tonight.”

    Assistant commissioner of the area said that emergency has been declared in all hospitals of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. “Two ambulances just left the site with six bodies. Some bodies were shifted earlier,” he added and requested the people to move away from the area so that the rescue work can be done smoothly.

    President Asif Ali Zardari has arranged a chartered plane for the victims’ families to reach Islamabad.

    9:14pm

    Bhoja Air relaunched domestic operations with a fleet of five 737s in March, according to newspaper reports, when the airline was planning to start flights connecting Karachi, Sukkur, Multan, Lahore and Islamabad.

    Bhoja had been grounded in 2000 by the Civil Aviation Authorities amid financial difficulties, the reports said.

    9:08pm

    Express News correspondent Qamarul Munawwar reported that as all the rescue officials could not reach the site with all their equipment, the locals are helping by providing sheets to wrap the bodies.

    He added that not a single body has been taken to a hospital from the site.

    9:05pm

    A rescue official told Express News that they were facing difficulty in carrying out the rescue operation as the bodies were strewn over a large area and there was very low visibility as there was no light.

    “The only light we have is that from cellphones and from cars,” he said.

    9:00pm

    Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that wings of the plane caught fire before it crashed. Eyewitnesses said that the plane was struck by lightening.

    Ten nearby houses were destroyed, but the residents remained safe.

    8:58pm

    Bodies are being shifted to hospitals.

    CAA rescue team has been tasked to search the black box of the plane.

    Islamabad airfield has been closed till midnight.

    8:50pm

    Dead bodies are strewn over a large area.

    CDA teams, locals and rescue officials are present on the crash site and are helping rescue efforts.

    Concerned people can call at             92-51-9231453       for information.

    8:46pm

    An official says this cannot be termed a routine accident.

    There were conflicting reports about how many people were on board the plane.

    A senior defence ministry official said initial reports suggested there were 126 people on board, Civil Aviation Authority said it was carrying 121 passengers and nine crew, and the chief of Islamabad police Bani Amin told AFP from the crash site that 127 were on board.

    8:41pm

    “There is no chance of any survivors. It will be only a miracle. The plane is totally destroyed,” police officer Fazle Akbar told AFP from the crash site.

    8:34pm

    Two-kilometre-long traffic jam near Islamabad airport. Ambulances finding it very hard to get through, reports The Express Tribune‘s Vaqas Asghar.

    8:30pm

    An eyewitness told Express News,” I was parking my car and I felt as if there was an explosion in the air. As plane parts started falling, I felt that I would die too.”

    Another eyewitness said that at least 5-10 nearby houses have been destroyed and the bodies were strewn over one kilometre.

    The plane blew up while it was in the air, said another eyewitness. It was raining and there was lightening when the plane blew up, he added.

    “We could not make out the bodies, they were strewn all over along with plane parts,” he said.

    Javed Malik was the co-pilot of the plane.

    8:21pm

    Saifur Rehman, an official from the police rescue team said the plane came down in Hussainabad village, about three kilometres from the main Islamabad highway.

    “Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have come with teams of firefighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming,” Rehman told Geo News.

    8:18pm

    CAA has established a crisis cell at the Karachi airport and relatives of the passengers are asked to call at             92-21-99071384       and            92-21-99071385       for information.

    8:15pm

    Bhoja Air Public Relations Officer Jasir Abro said, “We want everyone to stop speculating. We’re trying to find out what happened, where, and how it happened. As soon as we find out more information about the crash the list will be made public.”

    An information desk has been established on the second floor at Domestic Departures at the Karachi airport and the families of the passengers can receive information from there.

    8:13pm

    Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has expressed deep grief over the plane crash. He has directed the CAA to use all resources for the rescue operation, reported The Express Tribune correspondent Sumera Khan.

    Group Captain Mujahidul Islam, head of Safety Investigation Board CAA, will lead an inquiry into the incident.

    Two operation rooms have been set up at Benazir Bhutto Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi and Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

    8:07pm

    Rescue 1122 officials say that no one has survived the crash.

    The Express Tribune correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reported that 116 people had travelled on the plane, five were reported to be infants. The flight had six crew members on board.

    As many as 100 Army troops have reached the spot and have taken charge of rescue efforts.

    Crash site has agricultural land and some residential plots.

    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 Air.

    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 Air 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.
    KARACHI: A passenger plane, flight B4-213 of Bhoja Air, crashed at Koral Chowk on Islamabad Express Highway in Rawalpindi on Friday.
    It was carrying over 100 passengers and was headed from Karachi to Islamabad.
    Seat chart:
    Number of adults: 110
    Children: 6
    Infants: 5
    Total passengers: 121
    Crew members: 6
    Below is a list of passengers who had checked in:
    1. Abbas Ali
    2. Abida Javed Malik
    3. Adeel Chughtai
    4. Aiman Ikram
    5. Altamash Khan
    6. Anisa Akbar
    7. Anum Hussain
    8. Asif Aftab
    9. Asmaa Ahmad
    10. Ataur Rehman
    11. Azizur Rehman
    12. Baqir Mehdi
    13. Bibi Hameeda
    14. Chand Baboo
    15. Chd Faiq
    16. Dilshad Kamaal
    17. Dr Abdul Qadir
    18. Dr Asadullah
    19. Fahira Laiq
    20. Farah Sajid
    21. Fatima
    22. Fehmeeda Zubair
    23. Ghulam Farooq Qasmi
    24. Ghulam Rehman
    25. Gul
    26. Gul Faraz
    27. Gul Sharif Jana
    28. Gul Zaman
    29. Habibur Rehman
    30. Hafeezur Rehman
    31. Hafsa Chughtai
    32. Hafsa Shahid
    33. Haleema Sadia
    34. Hamida Khadima Baloch
    35. Haris Haris
    36. Husun Nisa
    37. Imran Waheed
    38. Irfan Ali
    39. Javed Akhtar Malik
    40. Javed Iqbal
    41. Kalo Abbasi
    42. Khwaja Raziuddin
    43. Liauqat Ali
    44. Masooda Begum
    45. Mishir Jan
    46. Mohammad Atiq Khan
    47. Mrs Mohammad Latif
    48. Mohammad Latif
    49. Moiz Sadiq
    50. Mrs Khalida
    51. Ms Yumna
    52. Muhammad Abdul Hafeez
    53. Muhamad Anwar Khan
    54. Muhammad Ashfaq Khan
    55. Muhammad Farooq
    56. Muhammad Irfan
    57. Muhammad Irfan
    58. Muhammad Qasim
    59. Muhammad Shahnawaz
    60. Muhammad Sohail
    61. Muhammad Younus
    62. Muhammada Abdullah
    63. Mujtaba Siyal
    64. Mukhan Jan
    65. Munawar Sultana
    66. Musarrat Shaheen
    67. Nadir Khan Fazaldad
    68. Nasreen
    69. Nazmeen
    70. Nighat Mehdi
    71. Nihaluddin Alvi
    72. Nisar Ahmed
    73. Nuzhat
    74. Qamar Aftab
    75. Qari Muhammad Abdul Rahman
    76. Rakh Shanda
    77. Rakhshanda
    78. Rashida Rehman
    79. Raza Ali Khan Feroz
    80. Ree Han
    81. SM Saud Ishaq
    82. Saba Amber
    83. Sadaf Baloch
    84.Sadaf Tanveer
    85. Saeed Khan
    86. Saeeda Akhtar
    87. Sania Abbas
    88. Sarah Chughtai
    89. Sardar Shah
    90. Sarwat Mumtaz
    91. Shabbir Ahmad Awan
    92. Shahid Iqbal
    93. Shamima Abdullah
    94. Shazia Baloch
    95. Sobia Ubaid
    96. Suleiman Chughtai
    97. Sumaiyah Chughtai
    98. Syed Muhammad Amjad
    99. Syed Muhammad Rizwan
    100. Syed Omar Ali
    101. Syed Sajjad Ali Rizvi
    102. Syeda Amjad Shaheen
    103. Syeda Rizwan Sufia
    104. Tabbasum Sarwat
    105. Tabia Rehman
    106. Talat Mahmood Qureshi
    107. Tanveer Jan
    108. Tariq Mehmood
    109. Tasadouq Mahmood
    110. Tasneem Begum
    111. Tuba Shewar
    112. Usman Rahim
    113. Usman Rasheed
    114. Uzma Inam
    115. Wajat Abbasi
    116. Waji Ha
    117. Yasmin Muhammad Sultan
    118. Zaheer Shah
    119. Zahida Aziz
    120. Zaibun Nisa
    121. Zuhra Begum
    Crew members:
    1. Captain Noor Afridi
    2. First Officer Javed Malik
    3. Head of Cabin Crew Ammad
    4. Flight Purser Ghazala Malik
    5. Air Hostess Princess Flavia
    6. Air Hostess Sanam Fareed

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