40 survivors found in plane crash in Islamabad, Pakistan

16:29, July 28, 2010      

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Smoke rises from the site a jetliner crashed near Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, July 28, 2010. An Airblue jetliner 152 people including six crew members onboard crashed near Pakistan's capital Islamabad Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Zeeshan iyazi)
At least 40 survivors have been found in a plane crash which took place in the suburbs of the Pakistani capital Islamabad Wednesday morning, according to the officials with the rescue teams.

All the survivors have been given first-aid treatment on the spot and are being shifted to local hospitals in Islamabad, which have all declared emergency following the plane crash.

So far 20 dead bodies including that of the pilot have been recovered from the crash site, said sources on the site, adding some of the bodies were still on fire when recovered. One of the dead bodies was reportedly identified as Barak or Barkat. No further details about the killed and survivors were available.

No Chinese or foreigners have been found on the passenger name list released shortly after the plane crash, sources told Xinhua after talking on the telephone to the Airblue airliner which the crashed plane belonged to.

The rescue work is still underway.

The tragedy took place at about 10:00 am local time when an airbus flight of a Pakistani private airliner Airblue, which reportedly carried 152 people including six crew members, crashed behind the mountains of Margalla Hills lying to the northeast of the capital.

Among the people aboard the plane were 20 women and five children, said the Airblue airliner.

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