40 survivors found in plane crash in Islamabad, Pakistan (2)

16:29, July 28, 2010      

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Location of Margalla Hills in Pakistan's capital Islamabad. (Map Source: Google Maps)

The plane whose flight number is ED-202 took off from the Karachi International Airport at about 7:50 am Wednesday morning. It was on the way from Turkey to Islamabad via Karachi. It was reported that the plane lost the contact with the control tower of the Islamabad airport at about 9:43 am (local time) before the crash.

Two zoo keepers nearby the crash site sold Xinhua that they saw the plane taking very low flight brushing the trees on the ground and the pilots were trying desperately to take the nose up but failed.

Shortly after the incident happened, large number of rescue teams have been dispatched to the crash site. A total of seven military helicopters have been mobilized to join the rescue work.

Sources at the crash site informed Xinhua that the chance for the survival of the people aboard is very slim and local residents living in the Margalla Hills also joined the military and police in the rescue work.

The Pakistani prime minister has ordered the military to conduct an investigation into the accident immediately following the tragedy.

Large crowds of relatives and friends planned to receive their loved ones taking the flight at the Islamabad airport were shocked upon hearing the news and many of them burst into tears.

So far the reason for the crash is not known yet. The black box of the plane has not been found yet. It could be related to bad weather as it was raining heavily in Islamabad when the plane crashed. Many flights coming into Islamabad have reportedly been canceled due to bad weather.

The possibility of terrorism can not be ruled out as the terrorist groups in Pakistan have repeatedly threatened to blow up airplanes during the last month or so.

In another development, there were 11 people who missed the plane at the Karachi airport escaped from the tragedy.

Source: Xinhua
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